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posted 21 Aug 2012, 10:40 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]


Homedraw has gone to France. Here I am at the Chateau de la Chapelle D'Angillon. The village was named after Gillon of Seuly who fortified it. and it became at one point the capital city of the Principality of Boisbelle. Louis XIV - the Roi Soleil - stayed here. But besides being a very beautiful building it also houses the Museum of Alain-Fournier, author of 'Le Grand Meaulnes'. I was lucky enough enough to be given a private viewing of the museum by the Comte Jean d'Ogny himself and we discussed the influence of Thomas Hardy on Alain-Fournier. I say discussed though his English was much better than my French but he was a charming man. Visit his website http://www.chateau-angillon.com. I did offer to draw his chateau...


posted 25 Jul 2012, 16:28 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]


Made it, Ma... TOP OF THE WORLD!

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posted 4 Jun 2012, 16:38 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]


The Steve Yabsley Show  Mon 21 May 2012

House artist Simon Tonkin

Episode image for House artist Simon Tonkin and Pete 'The Bug Man' Dawson

Steve’s guest is Simon Tonkin – a local artist who specialises in drawing beautiful picture of people’s homes.

Had a most enjoyable chat with Mr Yabsley about my life in art up to the present day. Trust I thanked those who've helped me thus far. Hopefully I've inspired a few more people to read Dylan Thomas (besides also giving me commissions).


posted 13 Apr 2012, 00:23 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]

Homedraw is off on its travels today. Destination... The Laugharne Festival.
If you see the van then please - Stop Me and Buy One - I'm bringing a small quantity of Dylan Thomas prints with me
. Just the thing for a memento of your visit. Buy earlier rather than later - not just in case I sell out but before I join in the festivities too wholeheartedly.
See you there.


posted 14 Mar 2012, 13:29 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]

Looking around for allies in the Save Chatterton's Cottage project I decided to contact The Literary Houses Group. The gentleman running it, Mr. Henry Cobbold, replied very positively, advising The Chatterton Society to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery fund. As he said, the Society should consider putting together a rescue plan using a Heritage Lottery Fund grant... 'You never know, the City of Bristol may consider being a partner in such a bid.'
I immediately got in touch with The Chatterton Society and also The Bristol Evening Post with his advice.
Meanwhile, just a couple of days later, I received this email:


Henry Cobbold has forwarded your letter as I am involved in a campaign to save Conan Doyle’s house 'Undershaw', in Surrey, is a Grade II Listed Building commissioned to his own designs by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1897.  It is a great example of late Victorian architecture and was built as a place for the rest and recouperation for his wife. Here he wrote ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ and entertained many notable people, including Bram Stoker, the author of ‘Dracula’, J M Barrie, the creator of ‘Peter Pan’, and the young Virginia Woolf. After Conan Doyle sold it thirty years later, it became an hotel, until bought by 'developers' in 2004.  The house has been empty ever since and is being allowed to deteriorate subject to planning permission to develop the site into a terrace of three houses.  This permission has been granted by the local authority by a 7-1 vote, apparently in the belief that the house has no actual or potential cultural significance, and on appeal we must convince them otherwise.
What we are hoping for is something on the lines of a Conan Doyle Museum & Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, with a library, conference facilities and perhaps a writer in residence.  This has gained widespread support or help from the British Association for Victorian Studies, the Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the London 19th Century Seminar, the European Architectural Heritage Network, the Australasian Victorian Studies Association, the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western US, the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, the European Society for the Study of English, the Société des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur and the Asociación española de estudios anglo-americanos, as well as a growing number of literary societies. We have also been gathering the support of individual scholars and academics for this – ‘Academics for Undershaw’ – the list so far is attached – and I can only suggest that the Chatterton Society goes down a similar route.
I would of course be happy to sign any petition.

Yours sincerely,


David Charles Rose


D.C. Rose M.A. (Oxon), Dip.Arts Admin (NUI-Dublin)
Editor, THE OSCHOLARS and VISIONS; General editor, www.oscholars.com &
Editorial Advisory Board, Irish Studies Review and Literary London
Paris correspondent, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide
Convenor, Magdalen en France
Co-ordinator 'Academics for Undershaw'
Past President, Société Oscar Wilde en France
1 rue Gutenberg, Paris XV

This is how it looked in Conan Doyle's time...

And how it looks now.
Go to the Undershaw Preservation Trust and learn the whole story and what you can do to help.

Save Chatterton's House 7/03/2012

posted 7 Mar 2012, 08:41 by Billy Nomates   [ updated 30 Aug 2019, 01:15 ]

At the end of last summer I went to the house of Thomas Chatterton, the Bristol poet, to take some photographs and sketches of it for a house portrait. I found the building was occupied by squatters and on talking to them that it had been so for a while. They said they weren't there for somewhere to sleep but to try and save the building from the ravages of neglect. I watched as they removed great saddles of house eating fungus from within. Apparently it's also riddled with dry rot. There are various rumours as to to who these squatters were - some say English Literature students -others that they stole the lead from the roof; neither of which excuses Bristol City Council of various political persuasions.
I couldn't believe our representatives could allow such an historic site to get into such a state of disrepair. My understanding is that the building was left unattended for over seven years.Since I was there the Council have evicted the squatters and sealed the building, hopefully making it watertight in the process. Having been pressed from a number of quarters they have now gone as far as talking about setting up a working party. The Chatterton Society have been pushing to have the building used for a suitably creative purpose. Bristol and Region Architectural Services recently undertook an archaeological desk-based assessment. Desk-based?


at Petition Online.

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