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Monday, March 31, 2008

Burghley House

On Saturday, Joan and I decided to drive into Stamford and visit Burghley House.
Burghley is one of my favourite stately homes, filled with frescos, history, paintings and carvings...a real treasure trove! The building itself is magnificent and the landscape, designed by 'Capability' Brown, frames it perfectly.
We started our time at Burghley with a light snack in the orangery where we managed to secure a table with a wonderful view. We sketched between nibbles and tried not to let our lattes go cold.

Sketching inside the house is difficult, mostly because there is just so much to feast your eyes upon that you become lost in the magic and forget the stagnant sketchbook hanging limp in your fingertips.

We did manage a couple of quick sketches in the Great Hall but the rest of my work from the day came from either coffee breaks or standing outside sneaking a cigarette.

Our visit was over far too quickly, we had not the time or the weather for a trip into the sculpture garden but this was not my first visit to Burghley and I am sure it will not be my last.


Alan said...

Beautiful sketches. Looking forward to your next visit and more sketches.

SCquiltaddict said...

what a beautiful place...thanks for sharing

Joan Y said...

What a fun excursion! These drawings are great! I can't wait to see your other drawings if, er, when you visit again! :)

Anonymous said...

These are really beautiful -- love that golden yellow!

Anita Davies said...

Thank you Alan, Margaret, Joan and Amy.
Hope to return in the warmer weather and visit the sculpture garden with an easel in tow!

Joan said...

Nice sketches of a lovely place!! Looks like you had your own sketchcrawl.

Anita Davies said...

Thanks Joan. I'd forgotten all about it being sketchcrawl day, which is unlike me.
Like you say...we had our very crawl anyway!

Anetka said...

great sketches:)
I like the clock and views from orangery the most.
you are a true inspiration!

Anonymous said...

I think you came out with some lovely sketches Anita! I love the fresh touches of watercolour that bring the pen lines to life :)

Anonymous said...

wow! nice........"house"......*L* I must put it on my 'places to visit' list for the next time I'm across the pond.....really lovely Anita...and I got your post card!! It will be the first in my entryway 'gallery'...thank you!!