Fiona Horan

‘Herstmonceux Observatory’ 7″x5″ greetings card

£2.60

7″x5″ greetings/art card of Herstmonceux Observatory in East Sussex, taken from one of my large linocuts. Blank inside for your own message. It comes with a white envelope and cellophane wrap. UK p&p included in price.

3 in stock

Description

This card showing Herstmonceux Observatory in East Sussex is 7″ x 5″ or 178mm high by 127mm wide portrait format with the fold on the long side. The image has a white border around it. The card comes with diamond flap white envelope and clear cellophane sleeve. The card weight is 300gsm and is blank inside for your own message.

It would also look good framed!

Herstmonceux Observatory, now known as the Observatory Science Centre, was previously the Royal Greenwich Observatory. Britain’s premier home of astronomy left London in the 1950s for the clearer skies of Sussex. As both technology and international co-operation advanced, the Observatory became redundant. The main telescope was eventually moved again, to the Canaries, and the site at Herstmonceux has become a Science Centre, open to the public. Six telescopes still remain there, and there are often stargazing evenings.

I find it an interesting subject for a linocut as the Observatory was built in a rather odd – yet appealing – style – an odd mix of mid-Century modernism, traditional brick, flamboyant copper roofs, and the beautiful but frankly bizarre addition of rectangular lily ponds (into which astronomers apparently used to slip on dark nights!).

One of my previous large linocuts is of the nearby Herstmonceux Castle, which is also available as a greetings card.