Stockbridge and the Grosvenor Hotel
I posted another view of the wide main street through Stockbridge a few weeks ago. Here it is again from a slightly different angle showing the old georgian Grosvenor Hotel, parts of which date back almost 250 years, and the spire of the church peeping over the top. This beautiful old country town in Hampshire has been spoilt by the clutter of cars and vans which park on either side of the road so that you rarely get a good view of the architecture. Indeed, a shop owner told me last week that if I wanted to see the street clear of vehicles, I should come along one morning no later than 5.50 am! I thought this was a bit early so when I painted this earlier today I used my discretion and omitted all but a few vehicles. BTW, imagine this scene 200 years ago when the road was not tarmacadamed and sheep farmers drove their sheep through the main street in clouds of dust! Painted on Arches Rough 14x10 in.
About the Artist
Hello. I am a retired Chartered Building Surveyor who took up watercolours at the age of 66 fourteen years ago. It is never too late! Whilst I could always draw and understood perspective ( my training helped that) I had never painted other than a few sketches for clients as an articled pupil 60…View full profile