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From the main biography page of this site:

Moves to a stately Georgian home on Sydney Place in Bath, England

 

Jasper and Jean moved from the manor house at Wingfield village at the beginning of 1998. (At one point, Jasper said he had run out of interesting subjects to paint at Wingfield.)  They moved to a stately Georgian home on Sydney Place in Bath, England that had previously housed the Bath School of Art and Design (formerly the Bath School of Art), which is located directly across the street from beautiful Sydney Gardens. In the 1940s Jasper's wife Jean had studied at the Bath Academy of Art.  Jasper very often painted landscapes along the Kennet and Avon Canal which flows through Sydney Gardens.

Bath, England

 

Above: On the left is Jasper and Jeanís 18th century Georgian residence in Bath which is situated directly across the street from an entrance to Sydney Gardens on the right.  Sydney Gardens is the best remaining Georgian Pleasure Garden in England. The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through the grounds of the gardens.

Sydney Gardens in Bath is Englandís best remaining Georgian Pleasure Garden. It opened in 1795. A pleasure garden typically contains broad walkways, shade trees, decorative shrubbery, flower beds, hidden bowers, lawns, a labyrinth, provides public breakfasts and afternoon teas, music, firework displays, entertainments, and a very popular place to see and be seen by fashionable people.

 

Jane Austen lived with her family at 4 Sydney Place across the street from Sydney Gardens from 1801-1805. She visited Sydney Gardens often. The city of Bath provided inspiration for two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. A BBC production of Jane Austen's Persuasion was filmed in 1995 and used 95 Sydney Place as the home of Sir Walter Elliot.

 

The Kennet and Avon Canal was built from 1794 to 1810 and cuts through the park. It has a lower elevation than the park itself and has a wide towpath, which made it popular for leisurely walking. When the canal construction came through the park in 1800, several iron pedestrian bridges were added across the canal. The Great Western Railway was routed through Sydney Gardens in 1840, which made it popular with train spotters. The railway is also sunken below the elevation of the park.

 

The historic buildings of Sydney Gardens include the Loggia and the Holburne Art Museum (originally the Sydney Hotel) which are both original features of the 18th Century Gardens.  The Temple of Minerva was added in 1911.

 

Building FaÁade

 

Above: The faÁade of Jasper and Jeanís residence.

 

 

Bird's Eye View of Neighborhood

 

Above: Jasper and Jeanís neighborhood as seen from a birdís eye view.

 

 

Doorway      Entrance to Sydney Gardens

 

Above: Jasper and Jeanís front door (left) and the pedestrian entrance to Sydney Gardens across the street.

 

 

Jasper painting along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

 

Above: A photographic portrait on film of Jasper painting along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Sydney Gardens on November 15, 2007. A canal boat is pictured in the background. The photo is by Phil Bebbington, a resident of Bath who saw Jasper on a regular basis on his way to and from work. Phil would stop and chat with Jasper along the canal bank. He remembers Jasper as a wonderfully warm and generous person.

 

 

Oil Painting: Love, Sydney Gardens

 

Above: Oil painting by Jasper Rose entitled: Love, Sydney Gardens. The setting is of the north side of one of the iron pedestrian bridges constructed across the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1800. This oil painting was shown in the annex room next to Jasperís Portraits from Memory Watercolors show at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Cowell College, UCSC in Spring 2019.

 

 

Simple Map of Sydney Gardens

 

Above: A simple map of Jasper's walk from his home to the Kennet and Avon Canal in Sydney Gardens to paint landscapes.

 

 

Detailed Map of Sydney Gardens

 

Above: A very detailed map of Jasper's same walk from his home to the Kennet and Avon Canal in Sydney Gardens to paint landscapes.

 

 

Love, Sydney Gardens        The setting: Love, Sydney Gardens

 

Above: Jasperís painting (left) of the north side of the pedestrian bridge and a photo of the same scene in 2019 (right).

 

 

Panoramic Photo of the Iron Bridge on the Kennet and Avon Canal

 

Above: A panoramic photo view of the south side of the same pedestrian bridge painted by Jasper The picture was taken from the pedestrian bridge seen in the distance of Jasperís painting. The building on the right is the 18th century Loggia.

 

 

Bridges over the Canal in Sydney Gardens Print from 1805

 

Above: A print of The Bridges over the Canal in Sydney Gardens, by John Claude Nattes, 1805 in the collection of the Victoria Art Gallery public art museum in Bath   The setting is of the north side of one of the iron pedestrian bridges constructed across the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1800. This is the same view of the bridge that was painted by Jasper above.

 

 

    

 

Above: Jasper's wife Jean Rose (right) had an extremely successful show of paintings in Bath called The Poetry of the Everyday (Works of art celebrating everyday social activities) that ran from December 2016 to February 2017 at the Victoria Art Gallery. The oil painting (on the left) At the Garden Centre was in the show. A publicity blurb for Jean's show: "Jean Rose was among the first artists to enroll at the Bath Academy of Art in the late 1940s. Sixty-five years later she is still at work in the city, producing tellingly observed paintings of shoppers, street vendors, dog-walkers and garden centre visitors. These works celebrate everyday social activities, whilst paying homage to the methods of earlier painters such as Edouard Vuillard and Piero della Francesca. Jean Rose has exhibited widely, and all works will be for sale in this, her first one-woman show in Bath since 2008."

 

 

 

 

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