“High Street” by Mabel Culley – 94-98 High Street, Stevenage, Herts, UK
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N 51° 54.633 W 000° 12.459
30U E 692060 N 5754774
Quick Description: Two drawings of the High St in Old Stevenage by Mabel Culley, intended as illustrations for a book by local historian Reginald Hine.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/28/2014 7:29:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMMJDT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Lucy Mabel Culley was born in Costessey, Norfolk in 1880. She studied art at the Slade Art School from 1898 to 1901. Following art school she became a teacher at Sherborne and Berkhamsted. By 1932 she had joined her sister Ruth, in Stevenage, where Ruth ran Westover School.

During her time in Stevenage Mabel Culley established a reputation for her fine drawings and paintings of local scenes. Mabel agreed to illustrate a book on Stevenage, to be written by the renowned local historian Reginald Hine. Tragically, Hine died in 1949 before the book could be written. Mabel published the drawings in the 1950s as the Stevenage Picture Book. She died in 1965. For further details see the excellent article by V Richards in the web link.

The two drawings of the High St form part of that collection. The centre piece of each drawing is the building of 94 – 98 High St. At the time of the painting there was a garage to the left of the building. There is still a garage there, but set back from the road in a yard. The main building is no longer timber clad, but rendered, a common feature of building restoration in the town.
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Artist: Mabel Culley

Date of Your Photograph: 9/28/2014

Medium of Painting: pen and ink

Date of Painting: Not listed

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