The Meadow Building of Christ Church is one of the most recognisable of Oxford’s college buildings. The space the building inhabits is very different to others in Oxford, set as it is against the open space of Christ Church Meadow, and I was eager to work out an interesting way of capturing its iconic facade and setting.
The Virginia Creeper in the foreground of this angle, on the boundary wall of Broad Walk, was too seductive an element to be passed up. The red foliage, running onto the Meadow Building, has given the painting a very distinctive dominant colour. This is further picked out by sunlit illumination of the wall and building, which is contrasted by the deeply shadowed trees on the right. On the building itself, the repeating Gothic windows punctuate the facade continuously along its length – those and the little dormer roofs give the building a Germanic fairy tale look.