Thursday, June 10, 2010

3 Robert Street

 3 Robert Street, London
11.5" x 17", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Large Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
This is the building from which I drew the River Thames - see Storm clouds over Westminster.  I was in the room on the fourth floor (in the roof) on the left hand side.  This used to be JM Barrie's sitting room and study and which has a magnificent view of the Thames.

3 Robert Street is an original part of the Adelphi Terrace development designed and built between 1768 & 1774 on the banks of the Thames by the Adams Brothers led by Robert Adam.  Robert Street is in fact named after Robert Adam.  It's a listed building - and one I used to work in around about 20 years ago.

When designing the Adelphi, Robert Adam was reputedly influenced by a visit he made to the ruins of the palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia.  The link is to a digitzed version of the book he compiled as a result. 

I had been trying to get all four floors plus a bit of pavement in - but ran out of space so the ground floor has been chopped off.  I find it much more difficult when having to look up at a building (and down and up and down and up) to judge distances!  Somehow it's a lot easier when you're looking straight ahead!


  1. How very good your work is - all that perspective - yet you maintain your own individual style. great sketch. I wondered how long a sketch like that usually takes you to complete?

  2. Thanks Bridget

    This one took about an hour.

  3. AnonymousJune 11, 2010

    I agree with above comment Ka,this is such a great architectural sketch. wonderful difficult, but so well done and yes, in your own unique style!

  4. I agree with above comment Ka, this is such a great architectural sketch. wonderful difficult, but so well done and yes, in your own unique style!
    PS: sorry if this is a repeat, I wasn't sure whether the first comment went through.. xx

  5. I agree with the other comments and also the fact that you have made it look so big. So often when you have to cut something off that happens. Love the color and your use of CP.

  6. Your perspective is so good on this. It is great to see some new work that you posted. Seeing your sketches is always a treat!

  7. It's a surprise to discover that it takes you such a little time to make one of these wonderful drawings using coloured pencils! I am full of sincere admiration for your work, which is so original and poetic.
    p.s. thank you for visiting my blog, I have noticed that you have recommended it in your blog "Making a Mark" – I am very grateful and proud for having deserved your attention! :-)


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