An Ancient House at Kirby Muxloe by John Flower
This pencil and wash drawing shows a timber framed gabled building in Kirby Muxloe (the building is no longer standing). This may have been the reason that the artist wanted to draw the picture. Local artist John Flower (1793-1861) had a fondness for recording the older buildings in Leicestershire and those in the process of demolition.
Born in Leicester in 1793 John Flower was apprenticed to a framework knitter in 1806, his interest in drawing and natural talent led him to give drawing lessons before he was twenty years old. He gained the famous Leicester embroidery artist Miss Mary Linwood as a patron and spent a year in London studying with the watercolour artist Peter de Wint. He returned to Leicester working as a landscape artist and teacher of drawing.
In 1826 he published a volume of lithographs 'Views of Ancient Buildings in the Town and County of Leicester'.
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Page Last Updated: 13 May 2013