THANKS to the talent and generosity of a local artist, you can now own a limited edition print (one of 250) from an original watercolour painting of St Bride's, and support our plans to re-imagine the building as we look forward to its 200th anniversary and beyond.
Liverpool artist Keith F Smith, who painted the original watercolour of the church, has kindly agreed to donate half of the funds raised from the sale of these prints to our Re-imagining St Bride's project.
Keith's artistic experience includes studying life drawing, painting and art history at the Liverpool Institute School of Art on Mount Street, just down the road from St Bride's.
'I love painting and use many different mediums but work mainly with watercolours, ink and also acrylic. I’ve always lived in Liverpool, and I try to capture the feel of my favourite areas of the city in my work.'
His Liverpool paintings are regularly exhibited, and sell internationally. They have also featured in several publications including Artist & Illustrators magazine, in a feature on ‘Master’s of Watercolour’.
This fine reproduction is printed on Epson archival paper using high quality archival pigment inks, supplied with a bevel edged Ivory mount and backing board, packaged in clear cellophane with a signed certificate of authenticity. The image size is 11.5 × 8 inches, and the overall size including mount is 14 × 11 inches.
You can own this quality image of Liverpool's only remaining neo-Classical church and an important part of the city's Georgian townscape, and contribute to our plans for a radical re-imagining of the building so that it better serves our aims and intentions, and offers better facilities for our partner organisations and the vital work they do.
The foundation stone of St Bride's was laid in 1829, the building was paid for by the congregation, and it opened for worship in 1831 - read a brief history here. Our aim is to secure the future of this extra-ordinary space for the local community and the city for at at least another 200 years.
Keith has also given us a small number of prints of this original watercolour painting of Falkner Square viewed from Sandon Street, with a beautifully warm autumnal mood.