Pictures of Winchester bought by City Council

Six pictures by Tobias Till, the son of Dean Till who is retiring from Winchester Cathedral this month, have been purchased by Winchester City Council Museums Service.

The pictures, both charcoal drawings and linocut prints, are all of the Cathedral Deanery and Close area, with some of the pictures showing views that are not generally accessible to the public.

Cllr. Therese Evans, the City Council's Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, put the Museums Service in touch with Tobias when she was told a new home was required for the pictures due to the retirement of the Dean.

Cllr Evans said "it has been an ideal opportunity to acquire pictures that are not only of Winchester but are also by an artist who had strong connections with the city".

The pictures now form part of the City Council's topographical art collection which provides a record of how the City and district have looked through the years.  The collection means that the people of Winchester will have access to views of their city and it is hoped they will be placed on display in the Guildhall Galley in the near future.