Saturday, 16 February 2019

The Magnificent 7 Victorian Cemeteries of London

Blackheath Art Society member Irene Butcher has just published an evocative book of drawings, prints and sketches from her recent exhibition (now finished) on 'The Magnificent 7 Victorian Cemeteries of London', held in the atmospheric gallery at Westbourne Grove Church, West London.


About the exhibition Irene wrote;

The Magnificent 7” refers to the top seven cemeteries of London built in Victorian times to accommodate an overflowing population. Highgate, Brompton, Kensal Green, West Norwood, Nunhead, Abney Park and Tower Hamlets. Many of the cemeteries have been 'parkified' to allow for the local community to sit and read, have their lunch or walk their dogs. In most cases, local volunteers help to look after these social spaces.

I was initially inspired by an article in a local newspaper about the seven top cemeteries in London. Regular visits followed where I collected information in the form of photographs, sketches, paintings and written notes. What captivated me most was the peaceful atmosphere and character of each cemetery. Every one a different feel yet all similar. The hand of man in the form of sculptures of angels, cherubs or wonderfully ornate tombs mingling with nature, growing and overflowing where man has left his mark. A sense of the passage of time. Light and shadow, calm and chaos. 

Back in my studio, I use all my sketches to create dry point intaglio prints in limited editions. These make up the majority of the works of art on show in the exhibition. Most of these are in black ink or sepia on archival paper. The expressiveness of the lines and tones being best expressed in monotone with colour added when it is most needed. Also, I have included lino prints, charcoal drawings and mixed media works to fully express my continuing interest in these wonderful green spaces.

You can revisit the atmosphere of the cemeteries, see a preview of the works and order a copy of the book here; 


Friday, 25 January 2019

Blackheath Art Society Exhibition

Blackheath Art Society will be presenting another exciting exhibition showcasing a range of local talent. The exhibition will be held at the beautiful historic West Greenwich Library and will run from 29th January to 1st March 2019.


December Scene; Skaters at the Old Royal Naval College. Terry Scales. £395.


Ann Hillary

Jonathan Cowell

Alice Gur-Arie


West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN.
Opening times;
Monday: 2pm to 7pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 2pm to 5.30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Blackheath Art Society Autumn Exhibition 13/10/18 to 02/12/18

On a visit to this exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery at the Old Royal Naval College, with my daughter yesterday, we took some 'detail' shots of the works … there is some truly stunning work but there is only one way to see the full glory....!
Detail of work by Jonathan Cowell.

Detail of work by Althea Battams.

Detail of work by Ann Hillary

Detail of work by Bet Mishra.

Detail of work by Caroline Mayow.

Detail of work by Cristiana Angelini.

Detail of work by Deirdre Ellis.

Detail of work by Irene Butcher.

Detail of work by Kathy Drake.

Detail of work by Margaret Dinkledein.

Detail of work by Monica Larkin.

Detail of work by Sally Robson.

Selection of porcelain vessels by Sarah Hyde.

Detail of work by Sue Taylor.

Detail of work by Trevor Root.

Old Royal Naval College
Mezzanine Gallery
Old Royal Naval College Cutty Sark Gardens SE10 9NN
13/10/18 - 02/12/18.

For more information please visit the Old Royal Naval College.
And for further info and sneak previews of the fantastic work on show visit the 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Blackheath Art Society Autumn Exhibition 13/10/18 - 2/12/18

The Blackheath Art Society is a local group with an amazing variety of talent and styles. This year the Autumn exhibition will be held in the 'Upstairs Gallery' at The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London from the 13th October to 2nd December 2018. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm and is a perfect opportunity to buy a unique gift, either to treat yourself (because you are worth it!) or to treat another (because they are worth it!).


Monday, 24 September 2018

Exhibition at The Millinery Works 2/10/18 - 4/11/18

It is a pleasure to exhibit in this mixed show once again at this beautiful gallery.

The Millinery Works Gallery,
87 Southgate Road, Islington
London, N1 3JS UK.

To see the works on show and for more info / opening hours please visit The Millinery Works.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

St Pauls from....

I recently came across a photo of this painting showing an eerie St Pauls, which I completed in the 1960's. I recall painting the view from somewhere around the Queenhithe stairs. The area has changed so dramatically now, can anyone identify the building that looks like a church to the left in the foreground?


Keen eyed Richard Dodson nailed it when he sent a link to this site; https://alondoninheritance.com/london-churches/the-lost-wharfs-of-upper-thames-street-and-st-benets-welsh-church/. Scroll down and you will see almost the exact same view and the author having similar difficulty until with patience he works out how the street pattern has changed!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Greenwich Park

In the sunshine thoughts turn away from the noisy, dusty, streets towards the leafy, green expanse that is our local park. Much appreciated by visitors from afar as a World Heritage Site, it is also the more humble source of continued inspiration for many local artists. Here are a few scenes through the changing seasons...

Royal Observatory Late Summer. Oil on canvas, 355w x 250h. £385.

Royal Observatory - Winter. Oil on canvas, 355w x 250h. £385.

Old Friends. Oil on board, framed 340w x 295h. £385.

East Greenwich Peninsula from One Tree Hill. Watercolour.