Jonathan Myles-Lea. British artist and photographer.
A career highlight, and a departure from his landscape paintings came in 1997 when Myles-Lea was asked to paint a portrait of HM The Queen for The Drapers' Hall, one of London's twelve ancient livery companies.
In 2007 he was commissioned to create maps and paintings of Prince Charles's private home, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, England. Myles-Lea's drawings of the garden appear on the cover of a limited-edition book written by The Prince himself.
Myles-Lea's work has been exhibited at The British Library, and The Holburne Museum, The University of Bath.
Myles-Lea's archive, which is in the process of being acquired by The Bodleian Library at The University of Oxford, consists of several thousand compositional drawings, sketches, letters and photographs. Inclusion in the Special Collections Department of The Bodleian archive is a rare honour for any living painter. He has been described by curators such as John Harris as "the modern master of the country house capriccio", and the successor to the artists such as Jan Siberechts (1668-1702), the landscape painter John Constable (1736 - 1837) and the artist and designer Rex Whistler (1905 – 1944).
Images: Jonathan Myles-Lea
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