1837-42 Finished Churches UK

3.1 Norbury Church, Derbyshire, Rev J L Petit


1838, 18x25cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Petit spent 6 weeks in the dove valley between Staffordshire and Derbyshire in the spring of 1838, painting Norbury and Ashbourne (see 3.5 below) churches and nearby landscapes many times. Seemingly he was experiementing with new styles and anbgles to see what would work best for his book, before his last visits to the continent in 1838/9 before publication of Remarks

3.2 St Mary’s Stafford, Rev J L Petit


late 1830s, 30×23.5cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

St Mary’s in Stafford was often painted by him, especially prior to its restoration. In the 1840s Petit opposed the architect Gilbert Scott’s plan to install sloping roofs and eliminate the clerestory on the South Transept, a battle which he ultimately lost.

3.3 Wrockwardine, Shropshire, Rev J L Petit


late 1830s, 18x26cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Following his withdrawal from active church duty in 1834, Petit lived for five years at Shifnal, and painted a lot in Shropshire and surrounding counties, before moving back to Lichfield in the later 1840s

3.4 Playdon Church, Sussex


1838, 19x13cm, watercolour on paper, private collection 

In the style of the Remarks Tours, see section 5 below, there are several from Kent and Essex from this period with the brighter palette.

3.5 Ashbourne Church, Derbyshire, Rev J L Petit

c 1838, 24x18cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Petit painted intensively in the North Staffs and South Derbyshire region during in April1838, with Ashbourne drawn from at least 5 different angles, as were Leigh and Norbury see 3.1 above), although eventually Ashbourne was not used in Remarks. It Norbury and Leigh all feature in Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordhsire, a forthcoming book due 2019.

3.6 Northchurch, Herts, Rev J L Petit

late 1830s, 18x25cm, watercolour on paper, private collection.

Petit pictures from the home counties of Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Surrey are rare by comparison with those of Sussex, Kent and East Anglia. Yet a few exist, such as at Northchurch.

3.7 Bradwell Abbey, Buckinghamshire, Rev J L Petit


late 1830s, 18x23cm, watercolour on paper, private collection. 

Bradwell abbey lies within the modern town of Milton Keynes. Nothing remains of the old abbey save for road names on a trading estate, and perhaps some of the stones lining the one of the roads in the estate.

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