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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RIBA125925Design for the new entrance to the Fine Arts Society, 148 New Bond Street, London: part-plans of ground and first floors and elevation

RIBA125926Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design A): front elevation after a competition drawing of 1866

RIBA125927Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design B): front elevation to Small Steet

RIBA125928Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): front elevation to Small Street

RIBA125929Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): section

RIBA125930Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): front elevation

RIBA125931Competition designs for the Assize Courts, Bristol (design C): sketch elevation

RIBA125932Competition design for the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London: plans, elevation and section

RIBA125933Design for housing estate of tower blocks: perspective

RIBA125934Preliminary designs for the School of Education (il Magistero), University of Urbino, Urbino: plan of the lecture theatre, studies of the terraces, a circular temple-like structure, a wall with towers and figure studies

RIBA125935View showing house, conservatory and new wing with observatory in parkland setting, Orwell Park, Nacton, near Ipswich, for George Tomline: perspective

RIBA125936Competition design for new police headquarters, Marylebone Road, London, for New Scotland Yard: elevation

RIBA125937Presentation drawing for Westville Road Primary School, Hammersmith, London: perspective

RIBA125938Competition design for the Queen Victoria Memorial, The Mall, Westminster, London: bird's-eye perspective looking from Buckingham Palace down The Mall

RIBA125939Design for 54 & 55 Piccadilly, Westminster, London: perspective

RIBA125940Design for Cranbourne House, Westminster, London: perspective

RIBA125941Three half-elevations of fireplaces (above); elevation of a fireplace with detail of moulding and to the left of it a profile view with a steep chimney cowl

RIBA125942Two half-elevations of fireplaces

RIBA125943Two half-elevations of fireplaces of elaborate design

RIBA125944Two half-elevations of fireplaces

RIBA125945Elevation of an elaborate fireplace with the chimneypiece flanked by standing figures of Justice and Fortitude

RIBA125946An elaborate engraved cartouche, being the engraved title page of a book of cartouches

RIBA125947Plan, possbly for an altar

RIBA125948Landscape scene within a cartouche with shell and fish head