One of Brian Pike’s missing sand paintings.
LETTERS From: Brian Pike, the sand painter,Studio 28, Keble Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3DS e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org:
I WAS commissioned by the Abbey National Bank in 1974 (now Santander), to create a series of four sand paintings based on the work of George Brannon, the Victorian engraver, featuring views of the Island, to be built into the counter front of a new branch of the bank at Ryde.
Each sand picture was mounted on a 12mm plywood base and measured 66cms by 46cms and featured views of Osborne House, The Needles Lighthouse, plus two views of Ryde, and were based upon Brannon’s Victorian etchings.
Each picture was protected from accidental damage in a tempered glass frame and up until recently still stored in a back room at the bank.
Last year, during a visit from France to my Chandlers Ford studio, I was filmed by the BBC demonstrating sand-painting in Carisbrooke Castle and the curator enquired whether I had any pictures suitable for inclusion in the museum’s collection.
I suggested the four pictures would be ideal for the purpose, although they might need some TLC to bring them up to standard.
Unfortunately, the pictures could no longer be traced in either of the local branches of the bank and it was assumed they had either been sold on or ended up in a skip during refurbishment work.
Do any of your readers have any idea of where they are now?