Portraits of real country by Sasha Ward

"The only limitations I should put upon subjects would be upon landscape painters; and to them I should insist on all their pictures being real portraits of real country. I mean I take no interest in made-up landscapes: where is it? is my first question when I see a landscape."                        

From a letter from William Morris to Thomas Coglan Horsfall, April 7th 1881.


I want to come up with a design during this residency that captures the characteristics of the landscape around Kelmscott. So far, I have been drawn to the River Thames and the rows of trees that line its banks. My drawing above was done from the path towards Buscot, looking back to the river that is hidden in the line of trees that I also photographed on my walk to Lechlade.

Drawing around the Manor by Sasha Ward

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My first week here was in the Easter holidays so I had some young visitors. One of them was Aza, whose drawings of things that interested him in the corners of Kelmscott Manor you can see above. 

With half term coming up I hope that I have more visitors, of all ages, who like drawing and  make me guess what they have drawn and remember where I've seen it. Paper and pencils available from The Brewhouse.