Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Berkshire Artists
Artist: Thérèse Lawlor
Artist: Thérèse Lawlor
Reading School, Berkshire
Reading School can trace its roots back to the 12th Century when it was part of Reading Abbey, but the dissolution of the Abbey, the Great Plague and English Civil War led to the school’s eventual closure in the 19th Century. However, by 1867 it was announced that Reading School would be restarted but a new building was needed to house its students.
Fortunately, Alfred Waterhouse, a nationally eminent architect, happened to be living in Reading at that point and was commissioned to design the new school. He is considered to be one of the most important architects of the 19th Century.
Waterhouse designed hundreds of buildings across the UK including the Natural History Museum and Manchester Town Hall.
The school opened in 1871 on its present site in Erleigh Road and is a Grammar School for boys, of some 880 pupils, which selects on the basis of examined ability, usually at age 11, with further entrants at 13 and 16.
Image Size: 62cm x 43cm, framed
Art Medium: Mixed Media
Painting Price: £220
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About The Artist
Thérèse has lived in Reading for over 30 years and uses the town and her allotment as two of the inspirations for her work.
She develops paintings from sketches she makes on location and some of the scenes captured become greeting cards, with the history of the place on the back. Some of her work has represented Reading with its twin town of Dusseldorf and she has been commissioned to depict many local buildings for promotions or as presents. She is very happy to discuss commissions.
Enjoy this video of Thérèse Lawlor in her studio letting us know about her cards available at Reading Museum and showing us examples of her wonderful concertina books. You can use the controls on the video to enlarge it to full screen size.
'My cards carry the history of the image on the front in the case of local places, or recipes on the back of my food pictures, or gardening advice on my allotment cards.'
Art Group / Exhibitions
Thérèse is a member of the Reading Guild of Artists, Woodley and Earley Arts Group, Reading Urban Sketchers and Mixed Media Monday Group. She exhibits at Whiteknights Studio Trail, The Henley Arts Trail and at many local arts events in Berkshire.