Blackwell Illustrations by Sophie Martin

On display now in the Tea Room

In May 2016, local artist Sophie Martin, spent an inspiring few days drawing at Blackwell. As artist in residence, she captured the rooms, atmosphere and design details to create a new orientation map and activity trail. The original drawings, finished with water colour washes, are displayed here.

Sophie spent her childhood in the Lake District and studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. Working in pen, watercolour and acrylics, Sophie captures the immediacy and impressions of places, animals and people. Where possible, she completes each drawing in one sitting, keenly observing the apparently ordinary and familiar in everyday settings.

She loves drawing animals and is happiest attempting to capture sheep or chickens before they scamper away. Look out for ‘Baillie’ Blackwell’s mascot, created by Sophie based on a photograph of the Holt’s pet terrier.

Limited edition Giclée prints are available from the shop, of:

Blackwell Exterior
White Drawing Room
Dining Room
Yellow Bedroom
Main Hall
Minstrels Gallery

£60 each, editions of 50.

(what is a Giclée (pronounced “g-clay”) print? It is a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve Giclée prints of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.)

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