William Chamber's lovely pagoda was built at Kew Gardens in the eighteenth century. It has had a chequered history. Originally golden dragons hung from each gable but these had to be sold to pay off the Prince Regent's gambling debts. During the second world war holes were cut in the middle of each floor to create a way of testing how the tail fins of bombs might work.
However I knew none of this when I fell in love with this gorgeous building when I must have been about three years old. Living in Fulham it was a short step to Kew - a step sometimes taken on the District Line and sometimes by Green Line bus. (Hence the choice of green and yellow in the print). I still return to Kew and this picture the starting point for an exhibition next year about special places.
Places of Pilgrimage will be shown at Southwell Minster in September 2016 and will comprise paintings and prints of a whole host of places which are important for all sorts of reasons.
If you have a special place you love to return to please let me know - I'm looking for ideas now. Email me by CLICKING HERE
If you would like a copy of this print the image size is 11" x 7". Send an email to Masham Gallery if you want to know more by CLICKING HERE