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.

 

108584 items
RIBA125843Studies of flowers: a forget-me-not, geranium, hearts ease, dragons tongue and a sweet pea

 
RIBA125844Studies of flowers: anenomes and a tulip

 
RIBA125845Studies of flowers: gentians and geraniums


RIBA125846Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval

 
RIBA125847Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval

 
RIBA125848Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval with the corner figures labelled as 'Fortitude', 'Justice', 'Temperance', and 'Prudence'


RIBA125849Studies for an allegorical ceiling painting relating to the City of London: design for a central oval with the corner figures labelled as 'Fortitude', 'Justice', 'Temperance', and 'Prudence'

 
RIBA125850Studies for allegorical ceiling paintings: representations of four continents in trope l'oeil niches, Europe, Asia, Africa, America

 
RIBA125851Studies for allegorical ceiling paintings: representations of four continents in trope l'oeil niches, Europe, Asia, Africa, America


RIBA125852Three elevations and two half-elevations of dormer windows and (lower left-hand) a half-elevation of a dormer window at the Chateau de Cormatin

 
RIBA125853Five half-elevations of dormer windows

 
RIBA125854Three half-elevations of windows, the two to the left possibly alternative designs


RIBA125855Three half-elevations of windows and (lower left) whole elevation of upper part of a window or other opening, with (lower right) detail of the console

 
RIBA125856(Left-hand side and top centre) Half-elevation of a two-storey facade and dormer from the attic storey of this facade, both inscribed Sedan; (lower centre) half-elevation of a rusticated window; (right top) three-quarter elevation of a heavily rusticated window, inscribed Geneve; (right bottom) half-elevation of a rusticated window and part of the opening above it

 
RIBA125857Two half-elevations of rusticated windows


RIBA125858Two half-elevations of windows

 
RIBA125859One whole and three half-elevations of dormers

 
RIBA125860(Left) Half-elevation of a dormer on a base with console, semi-circular pediment shown in full elevation with an elaborate cartouche surmounted by a knight's helmet and plumes; (right) half-elevation of the upper part of a dormer with broken pediment with a cartouche surmounted itself with a broken pediment with foliage motif


RIBA125861Designs for the British Embassy, Washington, D.C.: layout of house and garden with levels

 
RIBA125862Design for a wallpaper entitled 'Angelic Forest'

 
RIBA125863Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: detail section at CC, looking east, showing side galleries to large hall and corbels at angles


RIBA125864Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: designs for completion of east front

 
RIBA125865Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: plan at level A

 
RIBA125866Designs for Methodist Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London: plan at level B