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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RIBA1425510 Seymour Place, Marylebone, London

 
RIBA1497710 St Mary's Hill, Stamford

 
RIBA643710 Upper Grosvenor Street, London


RIBA33278100 Wood Street, City of London: the main facade clad in Portland stone seen from Love Lane with a glimpse of St Alban's church tower on the right

 
RIBA8111410-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of carved head on the main doorway

 
RIBA8111310-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: detail of wooden carving on the main doorway


RIBA8111210-11 Cathedral Close, Exeter: the main doorway

 
RIBA11040010-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA11039910-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London


RIBA11039410-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA11039310-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA11039710-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London


RIBA11039610-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA11039510-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London: the entrance hall

 
RIBA11039810-11 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London: the entrance hall


RIBA1469110-12 Broughton Street, New Town, Edinburgh

 
RIBA109079103 Benhill Road, Camberwell, London

 
RIBA9863103-115 Rushby Mead, Letchworth Garden City


RIBA14508104 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London

 
RIBA7802104-120 Regent Street, London

 
RIBA102295106-104 (l-r), Mount Street, Mayfair, London


RIBA102296106-104 (l-r), Mount Street, Mayfair, London

 
RIBA71076108 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA71077108 Eaton Place, Belgravia, London: the sitting room


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