This drawing is the result of a commission by a parent who gave it to her son as a school leaving present. It depicts Gordonstoun House, a 17th century mansion in the grounds of Gordonstoun School near Elgin. The building is – among other things – home to a small handful of Sixth Form boys who have affectionately named it G-House.
Nobody gets to wander around school estates as they please nowadays, especially not in an independent boarding school and with camera in hand. I am grateful to staff for giving me permission to enter the grounds and take photographs of a number of buildings and structures. The intention was – and still is – to use these as reference photographs for some drawings.
Schedules are always tight at the school and there is hardly ever a time when there are no students about, which meant I was unable to choose the date freely. As things turned out, the weekend in May last year on which I was given access, was cold, grey, wet, and altogether horrible. Nevertheless, I got my pictures, no small thanks to the nice security guard on patrol at the time.