The Old Black and White House, Hereford


Frame Size: 30″ (762mm) x 20″ (508mm)
Painting Size: 23⅓” (592mm) x 13⅓” (345mm)

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The Black and White House in Hereford Town

This 17th Century old black and white timber framed house, built in 1621, is the last old building left in the street. As you can see, it makes a startling contrast to the surrounding modern housing and shops. The house occupied many trades over the years, starting life as a butcher's shop, ending with Lloyds Bank. Kept in good condition, it now serves as a museum and art gallery.

Of course, I was mainly attracted to paint this scene due to the contrast of the old against the new. However, I was also inspired by the corner position, giving the opportunity to look along the two streets. The statue of the Hereford Bull, the church sphere, sign, flower beds and seating adding further interest.