Basterfield House, Golden Lane Estate

Yesterday I drew Basterfield House, sitting on some steps in the shadow of Great Arthur House.

Basterfield House is at the North of the Golden Lane Estate. Here is a map. Great Arthur House was over my right shoulder, and cast its huge shadow in the afternoon sun.

Sketch map showing the view shown in the drawing.

Behind the tree, the low-rise block is Stanley Cohen House. In the background of the drawing is the Atlas Building, just to the left of the tree. On the right of the tree is the architect’s practice at 88 Golden Lane.

88 Golden Lane

Today was a glorious sunny day. I walked out into the sun and everywhere was worthy of a sketch. Here is 88 Golden Lane, a strange thin building. It is an architects’ practice: Blair Architecture. I sketched this standing on the side of the road in the sun, then retreated to sit on my case … Continue reading “88 Golden Lane”

This drawing is 25cm by 16cm, 10 inches by 6½ inches on Arches 300gsm watercolour paper. It took 1½ hours. I did a preliminary sketch first, shown in the work-in-progress photos below. The colours are Fired Gold Ochre, Phthalo Turquoise, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, and Mars Yellow, watercolours over De Atramentis document black ink.

I have drawn the Golden Lane Estate before. Here is a selection of drawings in this area:


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6 thoughts on “Basterfield House, Golden Lane Estate”

  1. I lived at 1 Basterfield House in 1960. The far end and bottom of your lovely painting.

    The sports centre wasn’t there but the small building between Bayer and Bowater was the community centre. It had a stage and a billiard table. There was also a small pond.

    Very modern at the time.

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    1. Hello Pat and thank you for your comment. How interesting that you lived at number 1. So the numbers start at the right hand side of the building? The building between Bauer and Bowater is still the community centre. The pond is still there also, on the South Side of Bayer. I’m going to try some drawings round there. A resident tells me Great Arthur House is reflected in the pond.


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