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Palladian Bridge at Stowe – A3 Giclee Print


Palladian Bridge at Stowe – Giclee print of an original 2021 painting by Cathy Read.

The print is A3 and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Framing – The print is sold unframed with a single off white mount. Images are for guidance only. Mounted print will fit a standard picture frame.

Please note images are for guidance only and the actual product may differ slightly from the images shown.

Care: Display under glass. Keep print away from moisture, heat and bright lights or direct sunlight

All copyrights are retained by the artist, and the artwork cannot be reproduced without consent from Cathy Read.

Availability: In stock (can be backordered)

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Palladian Bridge at Stowe – A3 Giclee Print

This A3 giclee print is signed and presented in a single off white mount ready to fit a standard 16″ x 20″ frame of your choice. (Frame not included) Includes a certificate of authenticity.

About the Image

Looking at the Palladium bridge it’s easy to imagine it was always there. Old buildings create a sense of permanence, as weathering and time make their mark. The buildings develop an organic look. Lichen and mosses creep in, corners and sharp edges crumble. Nature tries to claim everything that stays still, and is left alone. In fact she invariably succeeds.

The Palladian bridge has been standing on this spot since the 18th century. Prior to that just farmland, gardens and the stream. The painting is the first I’ve created using a clay board. It’s a different experience to working on paper. I can see the appeal of fresco painting, although this is not a fresco, since the clay was dry when I painted it. The porous nature of the surface mimics watercolour paper well and feels more permanent.

The image itself shows the bridge at an angle. The gardens were originally created by Capability Brown, the fashion was open vistas and symmetry. The Palladium Bridge is a perfect example. And I’ve deliberately chosen to ignore the symmetrical and present an oblique view.

The grand Bridge is reflected in the gently rippling water below. A picture of serenity and deep, dark recesses. The central arch is darkest, and I find my eyes repeatedly drawn back to the spot. It may be dark, but there are colours, deep, almost black, but not quite. With close inspection, we find blues, greens and browns. The river below flows slowly, a breeze rippling the waters, but still the reflections of the bridge and surrounding are visible. Contrasting brilliant sunlit stone against the shadowy depths beneath. The bridge boasts rainbow hues, some subtle background colours besides loud vibrant pigments that shout to announce their presence.

At this size, the details of the bridge are suggested, yet its pedigree is in no doubt, or rather the pedigree of the landowner. For this building was created to impress and inspire awe. Any bridge could have served to cross the waters, but this one is more than that. It is a dream, a fantasy made real.

I wonder what thoughts and ideas went through the minds of those who created it?

How was the original Palladian Bridge at Stowe painting created?
An initial pencil drawing onto clayboard was created. These lines were then drawn over using masking fluid. Next, they were painted using watercolour paint and acrylic ink. Several layers of paint were built up. Salt was also used in the process and some of the ink blown around using a straw. Once the painting was dry the masking fluid was removed to reveal the finished painting.


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