01. October 2016 · Comments Off on Genius Above the Age · Categories: Society News

Drawing Westminster Abbey
4.30 pm Wednesday 5 October 2016

In 1773, the engraver James Basire sent William Blake to make drawings of the monuments in Westminster Abbey. The experience was hugely formative for the 15-year-old apprentice: the Abbey was where Blake developed his lifelong passion for gothic architecture and it was where he had memorable visions of Christ and the Apostles and of a ‘great procession of monks and priests’.
In this practical workshop, we have been granted special access to King Edward’s shrine at the heart of Westminster Abbey, site of the principal monuments drawn by Blake. We will take on Basire’s commission and attempt to sketch the very same monuments that Blake recorded. The painter and draftsman Toby Ward will lead the workshop, and will be on hand to lend assistance and expertise throughout.
Toby is artist in residence at Westminster Abbey, recording the three-year transformation of the Abbey’s medieval triforium into the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. He has worked as artist in residence at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Mercers’ Company and the Athenaeum and travelled as a recording artist with HRH The Prince of Wales.
Numbers are very limited at this unique event. Please register your interest by email including a short summary of your drawing experience and why you would like to attend.

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