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These two wa­ter­colour and pas­tel panora­mas by Toby Ward of Lin­coln are the prepara­tory sketches for views com­mis­sioned to com­mem­o­rate the 800th an­niver­sary of the Fair of Lin­coln (COUN­TRY

LIFE, Jan­uary 11, 2017). The com­pleted oils based on these sketches are now on dis­play at ‘Bat­tles and Dy­nas­ties’, a newly opened ex­hi­bi­tion at The Col­lec­tion in Lin­coln that runs un­til Septem­ber 3 (01522 782040; www. thecol­lec­tion­mu­seum.com).

The artist worked on the sketches be­tween May and Septem­ber 2016, mov­ing be­tween the cathe­dral in the morn­ing and the cas­tle in the evening to catch the sun. Be­cause of the wind in the two ex­posed van­tage points, he was forced to cre­ate col­lages us­ing nu­mer­ous small sheets of pa­per. He then used the sketches to pro­duce the fi­nal paint­ings.

Mr Ward pre­vi­ously un­der­took a res­i­dency at Lin­coln Cathe­dral and is cur­rently doc­u­ment­ing the changes to West­min­ster Abbey.

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