Gloucester Green Oxford
Situated at the back of the bus station at Gloucester Green is the Oxford Market. Have you 3 minutes and 5 seconds to spare. Let me draw you while having a chat about your visit.
You have just come out of the most beautiful Wedding Service, come and see me, I am the Wedding Artst, within 10 minutes I will have drawn your portrait and given you something special and unique which you could have in your life forever and a day. This is a lovely gift to give your guests and family on your wedding day.
Artwork: pen & ink on paper
When the sun is shining and the weather allows it, portraits in oil can be done in your garden.
Whether you are performing or attending a concert, drawings of an event could be a unique way of capturing a moment in time. No special seating required. Because of the immediacy of the event, the drawings will be created using felt pens on art paper.
Jesus College was founded by Elizabeth I in 1571. The coat of arms features three white stags against a primary green background. It is situated right in the middle of the city, and stands on Turl Street, Cornmarket Street, Ship Street and Market Street. Wander down Turl Street and view it from Exeter College, the building has an understated beauty.
Hertford College can be found on Catte Street in Oxford opposite the Bodlein Library. It is renowned for the Bridge of Sighs, a skywalk joining two Hertford College buildings together over New College Lane. Jonathon Swift, Evelyn Waugh and Fiona Bruce are former students. It's not generally mentioned but it has fabulous chimneys tops.
Lincoln College has a fabulously long name, 'The College of the Blessed Mary and All Saints, Lincoln. Lincoln has strong ties with All Saints Church of St Michael of the Northgate and houses its library there . The creeper which covers most of the front quad walls is the Virginia Creeper. Lincoln college facade looks onto Turl Street. Most of the properties on Turl Street are owned by the college.
Lady Margaret Hall was the first all woman college in Oxford. It admitted men in 1979. The college grounds sit on the River Cherwell. The Talbot Building stands out strong. The magnificent structure was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in the French Renaissance style. Quirky and grand, the building stands out for its lovely red brick colouring.
Merton College was established in 1264 by Walter de Merton, Lord Chancellor and Bishop of Rochester. One of the most unusual and striking visual aspects of Merton is the sculpure over the gatehouse. The artist is unknown. It's not quite clear what the sculpure symoblises but there are obvious biblical as well as mystical references. Try and spot the unicorn and the jumping rabbit in the foreground.
Basil Champney designed the main building of the college, which houses the main library, law library and theology library. The Victorian architecture is very distinctive. In the middle of the first quad, an Anthony Gormely sculpture stands. It is called 'Present Time' and if seen when the sun is shining, casts the shape of the cross on the quad.
Founded in 1326
Oriel College is the 'oldest royal foundation' in Oxford. The present Queen Elizabeth II is the royal visitor to Oriel. Hugh Grant's first film, 'Privileged' was filmed at Oriel as well as many Inspector Morse episodes. The arms on the college are based on the arms of its founder Edward II, this consists of three white lions against a red background. Oriel Square is actually recognised as part of the A420.
Established in 1379
New College is situated right in the heart of the city. The college looks onto Holywell Street. The chapel is magnificent. A sculpure by Jacob Epstein stands at the opening. Works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and El Greco are on show and the reredos provided by Sir Gilbert Scott are populated with statues. Go to evensong, the New College choir is purported to be one of the best in the world.