Dear colleague

Niall Hobhouse thought you might be interested to see our new website Drawing Matter. Developed out of the collection of Drawing Matter Trust, it provides an open resource and discussion platform. The site contains an interesting cross-section of architectural drawings (periods/authors/types), which are added to each week, together with written commentaries. 

At the Courtauld Gallery of Art there is a Drawing Matter exhibition running until January 8th, A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837, and a book based on the exhibition.

On January 14th there will be a one day colloquium at St Catherine's College, Oxford, entitled Architecture and Geology. Invited speakers include Lucia Allais, Anne Bordeleau, Martin Bressani, Kurt Foster, Adrian Forty, Timothy Hyde, Lauren Jacobi, Marrikka Trotter. Details will be available shortly on our website.

Dr Helen Mallinson 
Editor Drawing Matter

Some Thoughts on Sheds

Winslow Homer, Backyard Summer

‘In English language culture there are a few benign readings... but the domestic or agricultural shed is primarily associated with something sinister and often violently erotically charged, or associated with loneliness, secrecy, hiding, exclusion, psychic disturbance and desperation...’ A response by Nicholas Olsberg to Sheds: Palaces of Nothing curated by Alexander Brodsky and Robert Mull. 

Deanna Petherbridge

Deanna Petherbridge, Destruction of the City of Homs triptych, 2016

‘This is a symbolic work, but it still demanded that I drew every inch of its surface with an immense attention to detail, as if, by so doing, I could commemorate all the imaginary people and their activities.’ – Deanna Petherbridge on her triptych, The Destruction of the City of Homs.

A Civic Utopia: Architecture and the City in France, 1765–1837


This large format, finely illustrated edition, featuring essays by Nicholas Olsberg and Basile Baudez, is published to coincide with the exhibition A Civic Utopia at The Courtauld Gallery of Art.

Drawing Matter

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