Ilham Village Bridge. Derbyshire


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Ilham Village Bridge. Derbyshire

Acrylic on Acrylic Board. (Circa A3) (Unframed)

This composition is taken from the sketch book and photo album from a recent trip to Derbyshire,. This is a place not far from Ashford, which is a small town that I much liked, and that I hope to do a painting of soon.

Ilham has a delightful village centre, focused around a rather fine National Trust House, which includes some very fine tea rooms; ideal after a walk around the extensive grounds, which take in some modest hills, a forest way and a riverside path.

The river seems to form the boundary of the property, and this bridge seems to mark the extent to which the property reaches. Beyond the bridge lies a small and well kept village with an interesting cross/monument. From the other side of the bridge to that which is painted lies Dovedale, with the delightful stepping stones and trail.

I thought the slight curvature of the bridge, with just a glimpse of the village behind it, made an excellent composition, and I liked the thorny foreground, which contrasts well with the meadow that lies the other side of the river.

I found this to be a peaceful composition, typical of the county and of rural England. I thought it rather picture postcard, but nevertheless, still attractive.





Additional information

Dimensions40.64 × 60.96 cm

Original, Canvas Print, Mounted Art Paper