It's difficult not to have one's head filled with buildings right now – and not just because we're working on the edges of the broken town.
It has become apparent recently that the Gallery's collection is rich in works of art relating to buildings and architecture – evidently an area of ongoing interest for past collector donors and curators. An impressive work bequeathed to the Gallery in 1965 by the prominent Christchurch architect Heathcote Helmore (1894-1965) is a study of the main entrance to the Cathedral of St Peter in Regensburg, by the leading English watercolourist Samuel Prout (1783-1852). If we're seeking grand designs, the painting is a treasure.
Dig further into the collection, and we find another lovely architectural study by Samuel Prout – a more modest, lithographic work depicting a crumbling hovel on Dartmoor – and the very opposite of European Gothic architectural ambition. I wonder if its inhabitants minded being picturesque – or if they'd sought proper planning permission.