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.
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
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.
Above: The faÁade of Jasper
and Jeanís residence.
Above: Jasper and Jeanís
neighborhood as seen from a birdís eye view.
Above: Jasper and Jeanís
front door (left) and the pedestrian entrance to Sydney Gardens across
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.
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.
Above: A simple map of Jasper's
walk from his home to the Kennet and Avon Canal in Sydney Gardens to
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.
Above: Jasperís painting
(left) of the north side of the pedestrian bridge and a photo of the
same scene in 2019 (right).
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
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
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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