This painting is my own version of Vincent’s painting of a starry night over the Rhone. I drew it from the same spot in Arles on the Place Lamartine where van Gogh observed the scene in 1888. It’s barely changed in more than 100 years and still has the same magic which drew Vincent to the scene. It is just a stone’s throw from the lace where he lived at what he called The Yellow House.
A painting of the voyage of HMS Beagle, the ship on which Charles Darwin travelled around the world -with particular attention to South America - making discoveries as he went that would change the course of natural science.
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.