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karen pittaway

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Artist, specialising in oil paintings of towns, historic buildings, human activity. Grew up in Cambridge, went to London University, moved to Kenilworth in 1984

New Cambridge painting

By karen, Nov 12 2016 10:41AM

Senate House Passage is the subject of my new Cambridge painting, available from The Lawson Gallery on King's Parade in Cambridge. This passage is a short cut from the town centre through to Garret Hostel bridge over the river Cam. It is therefore used by students, tourists and towns people alike. It was also the location for a recent episode of 'Grantchester' and I couldn't resist making a small reference to this fact, look for the vicar and the detective. The Senate House is where the graduation ceremonies take place. On the roof is a ghostly image of a car, a reference to a famous story I remember from my youth where students were able to place a car on top of the Senate House roof during the night, and it was only years later it was discovered how they achieved this amazing feat. The rope over Caius wall near The Gate of Honour refers to the days when students had to be back inside the college before the gates were locked at night. No one wanted to recieve the wrath of a disgruntled porter by knocking on the locked gate. So the only way in was to scale the wall, the very high wall, often in a slightly inebriated state!

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