Somerset House in Summer

Somerset House in Summer
Here’s a new city image, ‘Somerset House in Summer’. One that I decided to pull from my little black notebook of scenes i’d like to find time to paint (it’s quite a full notebook these days!). Some of you may have spotted that I have painted this building before as a more festive view over the ice rink and giant Christmas tree.

Somerset House is the large Neoclassical building Situated on the south side of the Strand and overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. The Georgian building, which was built on the site of a Tudor palace belonging to the Duke of Somerset, was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776. They always have a wonderful exhibitions and events schedule… so if you haven’t visited before, i’d highly recommend it.

Perhaps influenced by having the studio doors open to let the fresh air in… I wanted to create a bright illustration to reflect some of the lovely Spring sunshine. So here’s my 38 x 28 cm painting with acrylic and ink on paper of it’s popular courtyard. Spring or Summer, I think it’s a fantastic spot to sit and enjoy the fountains playing.