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Stepping into York 2018

 

This year seems to have flown by so quickly. It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the Christmas period!

With that in mind, I wanted to tell you that I have once again produced a York calendar. This will be my seventh calendar, and I hope you like it. As always, it has given me so much pleasure to produce 12 new paintings of our beautiful city. I hope these will accompany you through the upcoming year of 2018.

It all starts with January - First Footing. A pretty black and white cat treads carefully across the freshly laid snow, making its way over the roofs to bring in the new year with feline friends. Moving towards March, we visit Little Betty’s Tea Rooms for a cuppa and a Fat Rascal, perhaps. As spring approaches, there is nowhere better than the Bar Walls, seeing the golden trumpets in full bloom as if playing their own special fanfare. Into summer, a lazy Saturday afternoon on the River Ouse, maybe having a flutter at the York Races.

These are just a few of the subjects I have visited in my calendar. You can view all of the pictures on the Calendar page. ( Each image on the calendar and cards are accompanied by interesting snippets of copy ). Also available are my Christmas card packs (12 cards). These include all the new Christmas images, plus the most popular paintings from previous years.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on tonybrook007@btinternet.com or tel: 07851 980735 / 01904 762268.

Thank you so much for supporting me in the past. It is your support that drives me on to create another calendar for the following year.

With very best wishes

Tony

 

 

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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

ALL SAINTS CHURCH FROM PAVEMENT

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
CLIFFORDS TOWER FROM THE EYE OF YORK

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

MERCHANT ADVENTURERS' HALL FROM PICCADILLY

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 FROM MONKGATE

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.

minster

MINSTER FROM DUNCOMBE PLACE

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.