Looking into York 2017

This is my 6th York Calendar, featuring 12 new original paintings of our great city.  Just to add a little spice, this year I have created 'York and its Characters' introducing four well-known former residents in their old habitats.  I hope you will find this refreshing, as they have played almost as big a part in creating our interesting and wonderful city as the buildings themselves.

As usual, the majority of my 2017 Calendar has focussed on the marvellous buildings in our city.  I continually strive to find that extra special piece of York, to give it an edge to separate it from the crowd.  All pictures on the calendars and the cards are accompanied by some trivia of the image.

I would like to thank you for your continuous support of my work all the years.  This makes my cards and calendars possible.  I hope they give you as much pleasure through the year as they give to me in producing them for you.

Priced the same as the last 5 years at £8.50 plus p&p.  I hope you feel this is good value for money.

Hope you enjoy








York in ink and watercolour


Discover the Historical City of York through the
eyes and works of local artist, Tony Brook.

Whether you are a visitor or a resident of ancient York, when you wander through the narrow streets it is impossible not to feel the eventful atmosphere of haunted, historic and quaint York.

I have lived in York for all of my life. With its grand architecture, cobbled streets and gardens of such beauty on your doorstep every day, I know only too well how easy it is to take the city for granted. Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting York is usually bowled over by the sights that the city has to offer.

York is simply steeped in history, and whichever corner you turn often leads to something even more spectacular to feast your eyes upon. A walk around the walls – once used to keep out marauders and undesirables – now serves as the perfect vehicle on which to view the city.

Whether you are taking boat trip on the River Ouse, a stroll in the Museum Gardens or taking a ghost walk down the Shambles, you are sure to feel the buzz of York. Perhaps this is why it attracts so many characters such as street entertainers and musicians, all adding to the uniqueness that is York, setting it apart from just about every other city in England. Where else will you see a roman and a viking jesting over a flagon of ale?

I hope my work reflects the strong influence that the city exerts on artists and visitors alike. Over the years I have developed a style that is contemporary in application, yet captures that time-mellowed history etched into every stone of York's beautiful landmarks.

Copyright © 1978 Tony Brook York Artist

A set of 5 prints of York

all saints church


A church has been on this site since before the Norman Conquest, but the present building is almost entirely 14th-15th century. The most noticeable feature of the church's exterior is the octagonal lantern-tower of about 1400,which for many years housed a light to guide travellers.Inside, there is a hexagonal pulpit of 1634, and several fittings originally from St Saviour and St Crux, whose parishes, among others, were united with All Saints'. Most notable are the west window of fine 15th century York glass with scenes from the life of Christ, with iconography possibly reflecting the Miracle Plays; the east windows by Kempe; and the 12th century 'doom' knocker on the north door.

Cliffords tower

Originally built out of wood in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Many jews took refuge and died here during riots by a mob of citizens
in 1190 when the tower was burnt down. It was rebuilt in wood and this blew down in gales in the 13th century. A new stone castle was built in 1270 on the orders of Henry III. In 1322 the tower gained it's name when Roger de Clifford was hanged here by Edward II for treason.

merchant adventurers hall


One of the finest remaining examples of a medieval guildhall still in existence in Britain.
The major part of it was built in 14th century.
The main part of the building consists of the Great Hall and the undercroft, which was originally a hospital or almshouse for poor people of York. The Hall belongs to and is still regularly used by the York Guild of Merchant Adventurers, a charitable membership group. They have records and documents dating back to the 1200s.

monk bar


Monk Bar is the largest and most ornate of the bars, it dates from the early 14th century. It was a self-contained fortress, with each floor capable of being defended. On the front of the bar is an arch supporting a gallery, including 'murder-holes' through which missiles and boiling water could be rained down upon attackers. Monk Bar has the citys only working portcullis, in use until 1970. Like the other main gateways,
Monk Bar originally had a barbican on the front. This was demolished in 1825. The rooms above the gateway have had various uses over the years, including as a home and as a jail for rebellious Catholics in the 16th century.



York Minster was built over 250 years ago and is renowned as an artistic and architectural masterpiece. In this centre for Christian worship there is a wealth of history to be discovered.
You can visit the Octagonal Chapter house which was construced between 1260 to 1286. Its walls contain some of the Minster's finest carvings, most dating from 1270 to 1280. Underneath the Cathedral you can explore the Undercroft and Crypt. Here you will find Roman, Norman and Viking remains and the jewels of the treasury.If you can scale the 275 steps of the Tower you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the citys ancient streets. On your way up, look out for medieval pinnacles and gargoyles.