Every year we create a new range of exclusive Westminster Abbey Christmas cards for our customers to enjoy. This year we have created card designs using images and paintings from inside the Abbey, as well as commissioning an artist to create a wonderful illustration based around a Westminster Abbey Christmas scene. 

The artist responsible for our new Christmas card design is Camilla Charnock, a freelance artist, illustrator and design based in London. She works traditionally on paper using a tiny brush with watercolours, as opposed to working digitally.  We chose her as our artist this year after seeing some Christmas cards she had designed previously. We liked her elegant style, colour palette and design format, placing the image into a circle on a square card.

After selecting the artist, we then thought about the Christmas scene we wanted her to paint for our 2016 cards and advent calendars. The final brief was an outdoor Victorian Christmas scene, with Westminster Abbey at the centre and the Abbey’s choir boys singing in front of a decorated tree. The brief also required details from inside the Abbey to be featured on the card, as a surround to the external scene. 

Victorian Christmas Card

As you can see in the image above, the brief was captured perfectly and the scene brought to life with Victorian clothing on the characters and the inclusion of a horse drawn carriage. The centre image is surrounded by borders inspired by details found within the Abbey’s chapels. The corner roses and green border are taken from a memorial within the Chapel of St Benedict in the South Transept. The memorial is for the monks of Westminster who lived there when the Abbey was a Benedictine monastery.

 Monks of Westminster Memorial

Chapel of St Benedict Detail

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