Jack and Jill Mills

John Chisnall

TitleJack and Jill Mills
ArtistJohn Chisnall
Paper Size (W x H)17 x 10 ins
Edition Size150
Price £75.00

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John Chisnall works mainly in watercolour, which he finds particularly well-suited to catching both the atmosphere and the detail of the architecture and landscapes he chooses to paint. Watercolour is not only portable, which is ideal when traveling, but it is also ‘immediate’, and it is this sense of immediacy which is central to the freshness and spontaneity associated with his work.

The Jack and Jill Mills are situated on the top of the South Downs, near to the village of Clayton. Jill is a post mill, originally built in Brighton in the early nineteenth century and later moved to its present site. Although it last worked in the early 1900s, the white mill body and black tarred roundhouse have been well restored. Jack is a black tower mill, brick-built with four floors and a white cap controlled by a fantail which is still in situ. Built in 1876, it is now in private ownership. John Chisnall was inspired to paint the two mills in part because of their idyllic position on the South Downs and also because he believes that mills, like church towers, provide wonderful centres of focus to the rural landscape. The Jack and Jill Mills are particularly unusual in that it is not common to have a pair of buildings of this kind next to each other. However, here the smaller post mill, Jill, balances the more dominant tower mill, Jack, to perfection.

Each print is hand signed by the artist and hand numbered.

About the Artist

John Chisnall

John Chisnall was born in Carshalton, Surrey in 1943 where he spent the first twenty years of his life. At school, he received encouragement in the arts in general from various members of the art departments and on leaving qualified as a chartered surveyor.

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