John McAslan

Anne-Katrin Purkiss

Portraits of architects

Within the RIBA Collections there are many portraits not only of architects but artists, personalities and workers. Nearly 1300 portraits are available on RIBApix, largely as photographs or paintings, but sometimes as caricatures or cartoons.

Complimenting this collection we are very pleased to announce the addition of a number of photographic portraits of architects taken by the photographer Anne-Katrin Purkiss. Her collection of British portraits spans more than thirty years, featuring people who inspire through their work and their ideas. As a personal interest, she documents people in the context of their environment and their occupations. Her work with architects includes documenting the restoration of artists’ homes and studios such as the Watts Gallery near Guildford and the conservation of Sandycombe Lodge, J. M. W. Turner’s house in Twickenham. She has also worked with Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury in their bid to develop a national centre for Thomas Gainsborough in the artist’s birthplace.

Anne-Katrin Purkiss was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and graduated from Leipzig University with a degree in Journalism and Photography. She worked for an advertising agency before moving to England in 1984. After four years at the London bureau of Associated Press, she became a freelance photographer. Her commissions include regular work for museums and galleries and government agencies. She now works as an independent photographer, primarily in England, with a special interest in the arts and the environment.

To see more of Anne-Katrin Purkiss’ work on RIBApix click here.

 

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RIBA2392513 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the front elevation

 
RIBA2391513 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the main entrance and the living room French windows leading onto a paved terrace

 
RIBA2391413 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the rear elevation


RIBA4659113 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the roof terrace

 
RIBA4654213 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the street elevation

 
RIBA2392113 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the studio on the top floor fitted as a drawing office with built-in plan chest, document files, cupboards and a sliding table


RIBA7364013 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: the twin bedroom with purpose-built furniture

 
RIBA2391613 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: view from the studio on the top floor looking out onto the roof terrace with St John's Church, Downshire Hill in the background

 
RIBA2449013 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: view of the dining area adjoined by the living area


RIBA2391813 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: view of the roof terrace looking into the studio

 
RIBA2392313 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London: view through the French windows from the dining area into the garden

 
RIBA9927113 Fenchurch Avenue and Fen Court, City of London: perspective


RIBA5757613 Highbury Terrace Mews, Islington, London: the garden elevation

 
RIBA293521-3 Long Row and 3-9 Clumber Street (Market Place), Nottingham: design for shops and offices

 
RIBA916381-3 Minster Court, York


RIBA8853213 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham

 
RIBA8852913 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham

 
RIBA8853313 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham


RIBA8853013 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham

 
RIBA8853113 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham

 
RIBA8852813 Nursery units, Crowther Industrial Estate, Washington, County Durham


RIBA465091-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: the garden front

 
RIBA85581-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: the garden front under construction

 
RIBA3394-551-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London: the street facade


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