THE TUMULT AND THE SHOUTING DIES; THE CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS DEPART

IF I HAVE SEEN FURTHER IT IS BY STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

These paintings were a private commission. The 'brief' was for a pair of paintings depicting an imaginary collection or gallery of sculptures, one on the theme of Great Leaders and the other Great Thinkers. I prepared four sketches showing various options for the compositions, which then developed into two final detailed watercolour layouts for the finished paintings. Obviously when working on a commission the sketches have to communicate the ideas clearly to the client so their nature is different to sketches I draw when working through ideas for myself. The 'spaces' in the paintings are completely invented using perspective and the line drawings are the precise drawings that are transferred onto the canvas for the painting. A lot of the sculptures in the paintings do exist in various museums and galleries, but a few are invented. The titles are quotes from Kipling and Newton. The nicest thing about this commission is that it proved to be the beginning of a firm friendship between the client and I.


PRELIMINARY 'IDEAS' SKETCHES:

Miriam Escofet, drawing
one of the primary four sketches

Miriam Escofet, drawing
one of the primary four sketches

Miriam Escofet, drawing
one of the primary four sketches - developed into final idea

Miriam Escofet, drawing
one of the primary four sketches - developed into final idea

FINAL DRAWINGS:

Miriam Escofet, drawing perspective

Miriam Escofet, drawing
The idea for the building was inspired by the architectural drawings of Giuseppe Galli Bibiena which are quite fantastically Baroque, but was modified into a more 'Palladian' design (below)

Miriam Escofet, drawing perspective

Miriam Escofet, drawing perspective

Miriam Escofet, drawing

FINISHED PAINTINGS:

Miriam Escofet, architectural
The Tumult and the Shouting Dies; The Captains and the Kings Depart, oil on canvas 106 x 91 cm

Miriam Escofet, architectural
If I Have Seen Further it is by Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, oil on canvas 106 x 91 cm

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