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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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


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


RIBA7773109-115 Regent Street, London

 
RIBA1054961095 Avenue of the Americas, West 41st Street, New York

 
RIBA10227211 & 12 Collingham Gardens, Kensington, London


RIBA2881311 and 14 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London: lateral view of the two stone-fronted houses on the north side of the square

 
RIBA776411 Carlton House and 13-15 Regent Street, London

 
RIBA1476411 East Parade, Sheffield


RIBA5587611 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the entrance front

 
RIBA5017911 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the garden elevation

 
RIBA5010011 Manor Way, Blackheath, London: the living room


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