070515. 8/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 15, 2007 at 4:43 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, somerset, Towers | 9 Comments

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The Hidden Splendour of Bath Abbey

The Abbey Church its splendor rears
The sacred monument of former years
Behold its sculpture—and mark while you view it
The pretty little house sticking to it.
The citizens of Bath, with vast delight
To hide their noble Church from vulgar sight.
Surround its walls with chimney pots!
Surely from these designs so pur, so chaste,
Bath has been called the emporium of taste.

–Q. in the Corner, Rough Sketches of Bath and Other Poems (Bath: 1817)

Minobu-gawa ura Fuji

The view is from the southeast while the poem describes the houses along the north end of the abbey, which were pulled down by Marshall Wade to create Wade’s Passage, an unobstructed view down High Street to the Abbey. Perhaps not, I believe Wade’s Passage was created in the early 18th century. The Japanese print is Hokusai’s “Minobu-gawa ura Fuji.”

070512. 7/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

May 12, 2007 at 4:21 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Foggy & Misty, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, Overcast, somerset, Towers, Walcot | 10 Comments

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Koshu Kajikazawa
View of Bath Abbey and Bath looking south from St Stephen’s Church tower in Walcot compared with Hokusai’s Koshu Kajikazawa. The hill covered in the background fog is Lyncombe Hill and Beechen Cliff.

The little white dormers and chimney caps resemble the foamy waves but perhaps this is not the best match. Should I have gotten someone to stand on those trees and fish, or erect a electric/telephone pole and cast out lines down to the city?

070429. 6/46, Thirty-six Views of Bath Abbey. My tribute to Hokusai’s Fugaku Sanju Rokkei

April 29, 2007 at 12:14 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Fugaku Sanju Rokkei, Hokusai, people, Ruins, somerset, Tabernacles, Towers | 3 Comments

Yesterday, I believe I was displayed at the ICIA Arts Gala. (I’m posting early so I don’t really know.)
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Honjo Tatekawa
Above: View of Bath Abbey through the demolished Southgate Shopping Mall, Bath
Below: Hokusai’s “Honjo Tatekawa”

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070424.Lyncombe, Mall Is a Four Letter Word

April 24, 2007 at 4:45 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Bridges, Cathedrals and churches, Crescents, Gardens & Parks, somerset, Towers | 8 Comments

BDP to the moon!

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The Etching is from 1846 and the photo was taken a few months ago from Alexandria Park on Lyncombe Hill, in the center you see Bath Abbey, behind which the spire belongs to St Michael’s Without. Its spire points to John Eveleigh’s Camden Crescent (1787-1794, not yet posted) in Walcot. To the lower left of the Abbey are the Roman Baths (not yet posted). The large building to the right of the Abbey is the Empire Hotel (not yet posted), and to the right of the hotel is Pulteney Bridge, leading the Bathwick New Town and Great Pulteney Street (also not yet posted). The tall spire and church at the extreme right is St John the Evangelist RC Church (it is not in the etching.) The area (known as the Ham) around St John’s is also empty, it was owned by the Roman Catholic Church and unwisely sold part and parcel. It now features the modern-looking police station. The street that defines this empty area is Manvers Street. Mr. Manvers had dreams of developing the area around the Bath Spa Train Station (bottom right, not yet posted) as the posh section of town but ran out of funds during a financial crisis. It still is relatively undeveloped, which is what prompted the redevelopment during the late 1960s. At the bottom left of the etching and picture, you can see houses and an ugly church. This is St Mark’s, now a community centre but built as one of three Commisioner’s Churches in Bath (the other two are Holy Trinity (demolished in late 1950s) and St Saviour, Larkhall (not yet posted)).
In front of the Bath Spa Train Station runs parallel Dorchester Street, and there to the left of the station stand (now stood) some 20th dairy buildings. Behind them, with its large parking lot space is the 1960s-70s Bath Coach Station, and behind that is the Ham Gardens Parking Garage. (These are obviously only in the photo). To the left of these modern structures is the dominating late 1960s, early 1970s Southgate Shopping Center with its Merchant’s Passage. Between the Southgate Mall and the Roman Baths along Stall Street is the modern Marks & Spencers Store, which demolished the listed buildings St James’ Church (1768-1769) and the National School (1816-1818).

070421.Widcombe, Stranglehold Around My Neck

April 21, 2007 at 1:38 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Chisel Marks, Monuments and Memorials, Sculpture, somerset, Widcombe | 3 Comments

Bath Abbey Cemetery, Widcombe, Bath

In loving memory of Elizabeth Brooke (December 16, 1846-April 9, 1909)


They just capitulated! I’m back online.

070323.Widcombe, Fell Off a Dock in the Fog

March 23, 2007 at 12:23 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, cemeteries - churchyards - and tombstones, Chisel Marks, Columns, Conservation, Corinthian Order, Foggy & Misty, Gardens & Parks, Monuments and Memorials, Overcast, Sculpture, somerset, Widcombe | 4 Comments

This is the Bath Abbey Cemetery Mortuary Chapel (Grade II Listed) and the Grade II Listed Jane Weeks Williams (of 6 Claremont Place, Walcot, c.1848) Memorial,
Mini Temple in the Greek Revival style- (signed by White, monumental mason)
“The Williams Memorial is a magnificent white marble miniature open Greek temple raised up on a penant stone pedestal. Four pained sets of fluted columns with lotus and acanthus leaf capitals support a canopy over a draped urn flashed by an angel and a female mowner. The equally elaborate inscription is to Jane Wiliams who died at her residence, 17 Kensington Place, Bath, in 1848 aged 88. One side of the base comemorates 17-year-old Henry Williams, ‘who by accidentally falling off the West India docks in a dense London fog was unfortunately drowned’ in 1853.” –Bath Abbey Cemetery Tombstone Tour, 1999

070119.Bath, The Tragic Treasury-9

January 19, 2007 at 12:52 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bath Abbey, Cathedrals and churches, Columns, Corinthian Order, Cows, people, Sculpture, somerset | 5 Comments

You wouldn’t believe how windy it was yesterday. The whole building’s been shaking, not sure if it’s connected with this storm system. I don’t watch the news or read local papers. (Photo taken earlier.) A construction barricade/fence blew down three days ago (?). It had been attached to some stone facing on the first level of the campus bar – pulled it off (or at least it was on the ground with the attached fence…). It’s crazy living up on a hill in this….and loud! European DPs posting about the weather include: ** Arradon ** Brighton ** Budapest ** Hamburg ** Hyde ** Nottingham ** Rotterdam ** Vantaa ** Villigen


People gawk at the way you walk,
you’re a freakshow!
People squawk ‘bout the way you talk,
you’re a freakshow!
People stare at your scary hair,
you’re a freakshow!
People glare at that hat you wear
you’re a freakshow!


Real people want to know
what it is about your face that irritates them so.
Real people stop and ask
why you wear that costume, and why don’t you wear a mask?


Normal folk think you’re just a joke
and a freakshow!
Normal types cross the street for swipes
at the freakshow!
Even birds stop to drop their turds
on the freakshow
Even geeks, even other freaks
hate the freakshow


Real people fume and seethe
how you dare to share the air the public has to breathe.
Real people ask you why,
with a face like you’ve got, won’t you just lie down and….


Real people look on you
like something unpleasant for the garbage crew to do.
Real people question how
someone took a lobster’s face and put it on a cow.
Real people say har, har,
as a monster movie actor you could be a star
And soon…you are!

–“Freakshow” by the Gothic Archies.

Hey, I won’t be checking this very often for a week or two but will get back to everyone after that.

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