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Registered: December 2010
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This is replica photo of the original Oct 14th, 1910 hand sketched blue ink drawing on a smooth cardboard medium performed by David Harris, whom I am guessing is a relative (maybe grandfather) of the Mr. Harris who commissioned me to produce a replica for his daughter in December 2003. This is a drawing of the 13th Century St. Sannon's, the parish church of Bedwellty located in Wales. I found this link (click on it below) showing a photo of the actual church. The sketch though not to scale is nevertheless a very good free hand replica of the actual church. Did he sketch it on location or from a photo?

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Here is a bit of what I found on the Harris family: Researching the Harris Family who were living at 2 Church Street Bedwellty in the 1851 and 1861 census. William born abt 1810 Wolf Castle, Pembrokeshire. Mary abt 1810 Merthyr,Glamorgan. Daughters Eliza abt 1839 Merthyr,Mary abt 1840 Merthyr, Martha abt1845 Tredegar and Maria abt 1850 Tredegar.

The image you see here was the original. The daughter wanted some of the 93-94 year old yellowing removed for her copy. I took the framed original to a trusted framer who determined the cardboard drawing could be removed without damage. So I agreed to continue. I used a Nikon 60mm/macro mounted on a tripod at exactly 90 degrees above the drawing. After I a made the print the framer was able to duplicate the original framing for the daughter's print.
· Date: Fri February 25, 2011 · Views: 523 ·
Keywords: Bedwellty, Wales, St. Sannon's parrish, garo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D1X
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 60mm/macro with tripod and cable release
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United States of America
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Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Fri February 25, 2011 12:25am

You did a great job.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Fri February 25, 2011 1:38am

An impressive piece of work which really holds the attention of the viewer with your attached comments working to flesh out the sketched image of the parish church.


Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Fri February 25, 2011 9:53am

Beautiful art work here. One of my favorite's, the Nikon 105mm.
Fri February 25, 2011 12:13pm

Beautiful work and a great story for all of us history buffs.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Fri February 25, 2011 1:33pm

Steve, my mistake. It was the 60mm macro not the 105mm. I tried the shot with both lens, but got closer to the image with the 60mm manually focused. Sorry for the error. I have since sold the 60mm/macro while keeping the 105mm. With the D7700 FX body I am glad I kept the 105mm. ~~gary

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Fri February 25, 2011 7:02pm

A nice piece of history preserved perfectly by you!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Fri February 25, 2011 8:42pm

I can see why the daughter would want some of the yellow tint removed and after seeing the photo of the church on the link - taken from almost the same point - I'm very impressed by the artist's skill in maintaining the scale in his sketch.

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