Dennis Creffield
Peterborough: Approaching the West Front 1987

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Dennis Creffield born 1931
Peterborough: Approaching the West Front
Date 1987
Medium Charcoal on paper
Dimensions Support: 1016 x 925 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Not on display

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Dennis Creffield went to Bomberg’s classes at the Borough as a teenager and was profoundly effected by the master’s approach. He recalled that ‘structure’ was a key term for Bomberg. Another was ‘the spirit in the mass’, that is, the animating, inner being of any thing as opposed to simply its physical mass.

In 1987 Creffield was commissioned to draw all the medieval cathedrals of England. This work shows that the methods of the Borough Group survived for many decades. The emphasis on structure as defined by bold charcoal drawing was well-suited to the vertical forms of Gothic architecture.

September 2004

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