Category Archives: drawings

Bear Steps

This is a bit of an outlier. It’s a watercolour of mine¬†based on a photograph but¬†has subsequently been the subject of some experimentation in Photoshop, so currently exists in this form purely as a virtual artifact. Very Zen.

In any case, it’s very different to the drawings by my uncle Eddy Parker that I’ve previously put up on this blog. As anyone who has seen the cartoons I sometimes put up¬†on WeLiveSecurity or Dataholics will (hopefully) notice, I put a lot more effort into this than I do into those¬†(example below), but I’m not the draughtsman he was.

bearsteps mono lite

I can’t at this moment lay hands on the photograph this was based on, but here’s one taken at about the same time. Note the resemblance in the timber framing on the South-facing end of the building to the building shown in Eddy’s drawing of¬†St. Alkmond‚Äôs Place, which leads me to believe that his drawing shows the same house. There’s a certain poignancy to this: it’s the house where my grandmother lived when she was first married, and where Eddy himself was born.

bearsteps house lite

So here’s one of the¬†cartoons I mentioned, just to prove I have no artistic pretensions. ūüėČ

munch

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

 

St. Alkmond’s Place

This, I think, is the last drawing by uncle, Eddie Parker, that’s in my possession. It clearly doesn’t correspond to a contemporary view of St Alkmond’s Place (named after St Alkmund’s church – while the different spellings are a little confusing, I’m guessing the Place was named at a time when the spelling wasn’t entirely regularized).

My best guess is that the picture shows the housing around the Bear Steps, including the Gallery, before the houses were restored to show the original timber framing.

st_alkmunds_place lite

 

There are, however, other houses in the Place that have a somewhat similar construction. Again, I don’t know Eddy’s original source. Anyway, it’s an attractive drawing.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Castle Gates House

[As Eve subsequently sent me a better scan of the drawing, I’ve substituted that for the slightly cropped version that was here before.]

Another drawing by my uncle, Eddy Parker, this time scanned by my cousin Eve (and used here by permission, of course!) in whose possession it is now. According to the British Listed Buildings site, the house was originally built on Dogpole and moved in 1702 or thereabouts by the Earl of Bradford to its present site. At one time it was the residence of the Reverend Edmund Dana (1739-1823), Vicar of Wroxeter, Eaton Constantine, Harley and Aston Botterell, after whom the Dana was named. (Much more information about this interesting individual can be found at that link.) Something I hadn’t known is¬†that Dana as in the Shrewsbury walkway should be pronounced as if it were spelt Danner, not like the Irish singer. He was, in fact, born in Massachusetts: I don’t know if he was related to Richard Henry Dana, best known as the author of Two Years Before The Mast.

castle gates house

And here’s Eve’s photo of the house as it looks today (or at least very recently). Sadly, it could really do with a bit of a facelift. The house, not Eve’s photo. She’s actually a rather accomplished photographer.¬†ūüôā

castlegates by eve

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World