I was inspired to create this work after reading The second volume of The Stones of Venice ‘The Sea Stories’ by John Ruskin. The text of Ruskin’s trilogy is often very heavy-going with frequent associations drawn between Venetian architectural and moral decay. Despite this, Ruskin demonstrates a great ability to spot interesting architectural detail within the buildings of historical Venice. One feature in particular, an archway feature of the Duomo of Murano drew me to a victorian architectural feature located in Walcot Street in the city of Bath, which has obvious architectural similarities.
This was my opportunity to study and sketch this feature as Ruskin would have done and create an intaglio print of this feature, in the style of the great printmakers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries such as Whistler and Roth, who created beautiful etchings of the city of Venice.
By researching the Ladymead fountain and closely observing its features, I was really able to appreciate the variety of carved stone and rock materials used in its construction including grey and pink sandstone, polished granite columns with beautifully carved white marble capitals.