PETER VAN BREDA | Golden Hour, Bath Abbey
  • PETER VAN BREDA | Golden Hour, Bath Abbey


    65 cms x 54 cms / 25½" x 21"

    Oil on Canvas


    When I arrived in Bath I headed straight for the Abbey. I’d stayed in Marshall Wade’s House some years ago where the magnificent Jacob’s Ladder, with angels climbing to heaven, was floodlit at night and I could see it clearly from the kitchen window. This time I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the square in front of the Abbey with the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms to the right of me.


    Standing in a quiet corner, under an archway with pigeons flocking all around, I was able to set up my easel and wait for the light to change at the end of the day. The East Window of the Abbey was literally flooded with shards of gold dancing on the glass as the September evening light hit the front of the building. That was what I’d been waiting for. An Australian opera singer filled the air with O Mio Babbino Caro (better known as Room with a View by my daughter) and I realised that not being able to go to Italy this year had helped me to re-discover the beauty of England.

    • Peter van Breda is one of Britains leading en plein air painters. Dedicated to working outdoors, Peters enthusiasm for painting is driven by his excitement at capturing the light, mood and atmosphere of a scene on canvas. Light reflecting on water and the bridges of London that cross the River Thames have always been of foremost interest to Peter in his painting. He first came to us in the City at Gladwell Co where he charmed the gallery with his scenes of St. Pauls Cathedral and Tower Bridge, amongst others. Peters mesmerising impressionistic landscapes of London, Venice and Paris have since amassed a large following of dedicated collectors who delight in his record of these cities as they know it, in all weathers and at all times of day.
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