New chapter for the historic Cowdray Ruins tower

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THERE can be few art studios to match the new home of the Cowdray Estate’s artist in residence David Cranswick.

He has recently made his home in the historic tower at the Cowdray Ruins where he is holding workshops and events secreted away near the top of the iconic tower above the Tudor kitchens.

More than 250 years ago the tower housed the kitchen for the Tudor house. Ironically it was set slightly away from the house as it was believed to be a fire hazard. In fact the catastrophic 1793 fire which devastated the house was started by workmen in the main part of the building and the tower was the only part which survived unscathed.

Course instructor David who is a supervisor at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, has tutored in traditional painting methods and materials at the Royal College of Art as well as having conducted international workshops on Medieval and Renaissance painting methods.

His research into the recipes and techniques of master European painters between the 13th and 17th centuries led to his receiving a doctorate from the University of Wales in 1999.

His next workshop is on the Flemish technique from July 4-8 followed by landscape painting from July 25-29. Places can be booked by contacting Both cater for beginners as well as more advanced painters.

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