Current Commission – Work in progress

I’m currently working on a private commission for a house in the town of Burford. The brief was to devise a work that responded to the local life/history of the town. The research turned up some interesting historical facts, ranging from links to Cromwell and the Levellers to a famous art collection but the one that really attracted me was that the town is believed to be the location that CharlesII met with his mistress Nell Gwyn and he subsequently named their first born the Duke of Burford. It is at a very early stage, but here are some preparatory sketches inspired by portraits of these historical figures.