David Parr House

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This painting was a dream project for me, as it combines history, genealogy, and painting. The exquisite David Parr House is opening to the public in Spring 2019. The full story of the house (so far!) makes for absolutely fascinating reading. I have volunteered my help, and have already done a bit of genealogy investigation, unearthing a crucial bit of David Parr’s back story. And here I have painted the house as we believe it would have looked in 1914. Note the original paint colours, the climbing ivy, the yucca-like Cordyline indivisa in the front garden, the cast iron railings, the green wool damask curtains, David’s workbox, and deerstalker hat, and a Raleigh bike of the period. After all, what self-respecting Cambridge resident doesn’t have a bike?!