WESTMINSTER WATERCOLOURS

Inspired by Alexander Creswell's watercolour paintings

A new collection designed and produced exclusively for Westminster Abbey

Our latest collection is inspired by the stunning set of original watercolour paintings by internationally acclaimed artist Alexander Creswell. His distinctive style combines subtle colouring and skilful draughtsmanship with a strong reverence for natural light.

Creswell was first invited to visit the Abbey in 2011, arriving with his sketchbook to explore its intricacy and grandeur. Between then and 2017, he has painted a collection of works capturing spectacular views, famous monuments and glimpses of moments in the life of the Abbey. Many of these paintings study the effects of shifting light, from vivid sunlight to deep shadow, which illuminates and gives life to the subjects.

Our newest range focusses on two of the paintings from his recent exhibition: ‘The Quire Looking West’ and ‘The Henry VII Chapel in Morning Light’.

Henry VII's Lady Chapel is widely thought to be the crowning glory of Westminster Abbey, with its spectacular vault and hanging pendants; it is unique and stands in complete contrast to the rest of the Abbey's earlier Gothic architecture. In an unusually large watercolour (89 x 102 cm) Creswell has captured the vaulted ceiling, filigree detail, the Tudor stonework and carved oak as he saw the chapel filled with morning light. The colourful heraldic banners of the Order of Bath frame the edges.

We have taken inspiration from this image to create a jigsaw puzzle (coming soon), pill box, paperweight, A5 notebook, lens cloth (coming soon), magnet (coming soon) and keyring (coming soon). A premium quality print (30 x 40 cm) in a folio is available for purchase; alternatively a mounted digital print is also available. 

The Quire Looking West (56 x 76 cm) depicts the perspective of glimpsing through the Quire screen to the West Door, the low angle emphasising the volume of the space. Vivid sunlight from a sunny winter’s day can be seen streaming in as the Quire stalls glisten.

This image has inspired a glass coaster (coming soon), wooden pencil set and A5 sketch book, a recycled leather luggage tag, a magnet (coming soon) and a keyring (coming soon). A premium quality print (30 x 40 cm) in a folio is also available for purchase; alternatively a mounted digital print is also available.

We also have a beautiful book featuring the set of watercolours in their entirety; each annotated with insightful text along with Creswell’s own personal reflections on the Abbey and the indelible impression it has left on him.

Wooden Pencil Set

The free of charge exhibition of 35 paintings (plus their sketches) is open daily from 17th March – 16th May 2018 10am until 4pm. For further details visit the Abbey website.