A hand-drawn map of Stratford-upon-Avon. Copies are available at size A2 in two formats: flat, signed and suitable for framing OR folded in a colour cover. Please choose from the drop down box below. Flat maps come to you carefully wrapped and rolled in a sturdy postal tube.
A hand-drawn map of Oxford. Copies available at size A2 in two formats, flat, signed and suitable for framing OR folded in a colour cover. Flat maps come to you wrapped and rolled in a postal tube. Folded maps come in a colour cover, wrapped in a cellophane bag. Please choose from the drop down box below.
This map of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire will delight and amaze visitors and residents alike. I hand-drew it in painstaking detail, to show all the town’s main buildings and attractions as well as its natural wonders and historical figures. Oh, and there are one or two references to Shakespeare! It’s my ‘love letter’ to the town of my birth.
About the map
Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of the English language’s most famous son: William Shakespeare. I too was born and raised in Stratford and I have just finished drawing a map of the town; it’s my love letter to the place that shaped me and that will forever be home.
“I like this place and willingly could spend time in it” – William Shakespeare in As you Like It
When I was a girl I didn’t know how lucky I was to grow up in Stratford. I now appreciate the extraordinary legacy it left me: a deep sense of history, culture and community. I wanted to put all that in my map. The map shows not just the shape of the town and its buildings and roads, but also things you normally wouldn’t see on a map: history, nature, trees, birds, activities and lots of Shakespearean characters and quotes.
Stratford has so many stories to tell and this is my story. If you’re a Stratfordian, I hope you will forgive my omissions and that the map will delight you anyway; whether you’re a resident or now living in exile like me!
When you visit the University of Oxford’s Natural History Museum its a job to know where to look - at the marvellous exhibits? Or at the magnificent architecture? In this painting you'll spot a dodo, some dinosaur footprints, the swifts that nest in the tower, a dinosaur skeleton and so much more! My favourite bit is the frog in the jar. What's your's? The title comes from Charles Darwin's book 'The Origin of Species' in which he wrote of his theory of evolution by natural selection: "There is grandeur in this view of life..." The print is last one of a limited edition (of 4) hand-made drypoint tinted with watercolour - 450mm x 700mm.
This painting was made on the iPad, digitally, using pixels on a screen. Therefore there is no single original painting, and yet all prints of it are original! You can get your print of this painting in a size and format of your choice from here:
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