This painting is of the Thames as it wends its way past Eynsham, the village where I live. It seems like such an ordinary place, but it’s full of magic, life and wonder. This painting belongs to my son, with who, when he was very young, I have regularly swum in the cool dark sparkling waters of river at this point. We have also pulled out many perch from this place.
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.