In the summer of 2015, I was asked to paint a watercolour of this beautiful Georgian Manor house in the Kent countryside near Goudhurst. Built in 1725, it has been a private residence, a ballet school and a music museum. Richard and Katrina Burnett collected over 100 antique keyboard instruments and held regular musical open days and craft fairs. I would set up my easel in the house and paint in front of the visitors at both the Christmas and summer fairs in the garden. We printed 200 limited edition prints litho of the house and also produced A6 blank cards. In 2016, the house and all its contents were all auctioned. Most of the musical instruments were sold to a music museum in China, but some went to the Horniman museum in South London. The curator there got in touch with me as they wanted to to put one of my prints of this picture in the same room as the acquisitions. I see this as a great coup, and will one day visit the museum to see it in situ.
Emma Williams Monday, 23 October 2017 09:30 Comment Link
What a beautiful painting, Steve! It's like looking at the real thing :)
The new owners will be continuing to use Finchcocks as a music venue, hosting regular residential piano courses and piano lessons. Hopefully you will return to Finchcocks one day! https://www.finchcocks.com/