Drawing and Painting the Pageant

Last summer several of our students, alumni and tutors were invited to draw the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant from the roof of the City of London School, situated on the north bank of the river Thames directly opposite Tate Modern. Braving wind, rain and cold, the artists sketched for several hours recording the hundreds of passing boats taking part in the flotilla. These drawings, and some pieces developed from sketches made on the day, are now on show in the Artists of the Pageant exhibition at JMW Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham. The exhibition runs until this Saturday 16th June, supporting Turner’s House, which has recently re-opened as a museum to the artist who spent much of his life travelling and sketching on the river. You can find more information about the exhibition at the Thamescapes website.

Pageant by Sophie Charalambous (3)

Pageant – Sophie Charalambous

Max Naylor - Waterscroll Invitation Front

Extract from Waterscroll – Max Naylor

Jubilee Drawing by Phoebe Cope 45x 150 cm, pastel and watercolour copy

Jubilee Drawing – Phoebe Cope, 45 x 150 cm

Richard Burton

Pageant – Richard Burton


The view from the roof of the City of London School


Live action drawing by the artists as the pageant sailed past


Many of the artists used watercolour, ink and wet media for an appropriately wet and windy day!

Exhibiting artists who are students, alumni or tutors of The Prince’s Drawing School include:
Dora Wade

Next term we’ll be running a new course, Turner in London, combining drawing from art and drawing outside in London and including a lecture by a leading Turner expert and access to special collections. Weaving together biographies of Turner’s life, students will explore the thematic development of his work, from the Grand Tour and mythology through to typography and almost colour abstraction, in parallel with his increasingly ambitious use of a wide range of materials.

Bookings open in mid to late June at www.princesdrawingschool.org. For more information contact us on 020 7613 8568 or admin@princesdrawingschool.org

The Artists of the Pageant exhibition will be held at  JMW Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham. It is open until 16 June, free and open from 10am to 4pm.



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