Kedleston Hall Sketches

October 31, 2011 | Leave your thoughts


Sorry, things have been a little quiet here lately… been a bit busy doing architectural work and no leisure for architectural sketching! So I just want to revisit some sketches from my big trip.

So here are the sketches that i did during a few hours visiting Kedleston Hall last September.As it was sunny when I arrived I went and sat in the grass at the rear and at the front of the house to quickly sketch the exterior.

Then I went inside and was very surprised that I was allowed to paint inside! It was also special chat to numerous staff members including the curator a number of times – the last time all about Palladio!! What a treat!!! If you want to sketch during a great house visit you must work very fast or else you need all day… and I had another house to visit that day.

My final sketch was in the saloon – this sketch which was done very quickly and rather than being a literal view of the room is a distorted diagram which captures the essence of the room -the dome, the pattern of the dome, the alternating trianglar and semi-domed niches and the urns contained within the niches. I can fully construct an image of the room in my head as a result of this sketch.

This kind of abstraction is something I want to explore further – part diagram/ distorted perspective – in order to describe a complex space in a single drawing.

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