Courtyard Setting, Bishops Mews, off Exeter Cathedral

'Bishops Mews 'off Exeter Cathedral'

‘ Bishops Mews ‘ off Exeter Cathedral ‘

Watercolour. 8.50 x 6.50 ins

Whilst living in Exeter for a spell, I used to hang about in the Cathedral and roam the City streets. I came across this courtyard house, set in the Bishops Mews, and was struck by the shaft of sunlight that pierced part of the courtyard and house. The street side of the house was in shadow, as I looked through the archway into the courtyard, for an instance was blinded by the light, and for a few seconds, until the eyes adjusted, the archway was in blackness. It was a real challenge to depict this moment in time and impossible to paint the shaft of light bright enough.

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