The Five Sisters of York

The Five Sisters of York is a legend told in Dickens’s novel Nicholas Nickleby, relating the origin of a stained glass window in York Minster. Gouache and gold on grey-brown paper. Exhibited in York Minster in 2016.

all art calligraphy

All Art

All Art: a quotation from the 19th century art critic Walter Pater in which he compares the abstract qualities of art to music. Collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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A Tale of Two Cities

Opening from ‘A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. Gouache on paper. Originally planned as a demonstration piece for a calligraphic event at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the piece was subsequently commissioned and acquired by the V and A.

I AM calligraphy


I AM. The words are those of Christ in St John’s Gospel. Gouache, raised gold on gesso, gold leaf on gum ammoniac, and powdered gold, on paper. Exhibited at Lichfield Cathedral in ‘Holy Writ’, 2014, and in the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham in 2015.


Salutation: the five words of greeting open the Second Epistle of St John. Gouache and gold on vellum, mounted on coloured paper with gilded plants relating to the adjacent words. Exhibited in York Minster in 2016.