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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RIBA1019051 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: detail of balcony and window

 
RIBA1019181 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: detail of glass canopy and ironwork support

 
RIBA1019191 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: detail of ironwork on the main entrance


RIBA1019041 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: detail of one of the windows with its decorative ironwork

 
RIBA1019231 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: detail of the entrance gates to the street

 
RIBA1019211 rue Louis Majorelle, Nancy: the entrance front and steps


RIBA1020261 Rupert Road (corner of Bath Road and Rupert Road), Bedford Park, Turnham Green, London

 
RIBA330241 Spring Street (formerly Shell House), Melbourne, Victoria

 
RIBA330251 Spring Street (formerly Shell House), Melbourne, Victoria


RIBA477191 St Andrew's Hill, City of London

 
RIBA888081 St James's Street (formerly the Alliance Assurance Company building), London

 
RIBA1020851 St James's Street (formerly the Alliance Assurance Company building), London


RIBA1020791 St James's Street (formerly the Alliance Assurance Company building), London

 
RIBA1020841 St James's Street (formerly the Alliance Assurance Company building), London

 
RIBA1020741 St James's Street (formerly the Alliance Assurance Company building), London


RIBA60191 St James's Street, London

 
RIBA520311 Stanhope Place, London: corner of the drawing room

 
RIBA520281 Stanhope Place, London: corner of the drawing room


RIBA520291 Stanhope Place, London: detail of the entablature, columns and pilasters in the drawing room

 
RIBA520321 Stanhope Place, London: fountain in the dining room

 
RIBA523591 Stanhope Place, London: the double L-shaped drawing room


RIBA520301 Stanhope Place, London: the drawing room

 
RIBA476371, 2 and 3 Rectory Lane scheduled for demolition, Letcombe Bassett, Wantage, Oxfordshire

 
RIBA1069831:250 scale model of the proposed Mansion House Square scheme, City of London


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