The earliest drawing dates from nearly 230 years ago and is by Joseph Farringdon who was a topographical artist known for his series of British views and monuments who visited the town in 1790 and drew the Parish Church. Also included is the little known artist John Evans who made a series of pictures of the town between 1803 and 1825. His pen and wash scenes of the market and church have an almost surrealist touch created by his use of grey and white using pen and wash and his often out of scale figures. The gallery is especially thrilled to be borrowing from Corinium Museum a series of bold expressive drawings created in 1814 by the well known artist Jean Claude Nattes best- known for his views of Great Britain.
The exhibition is brought up to date by a pencil and crayon drawing of Cirencester Church made in 1947 by Richard Adler a German prisoner of war at Siddingtion Hall. There are also some drawings from 2012 by Cirencester artist Laurie Plant showing more un-usual scenes as they show his intriguing take on modern buildings in the town, the Library and St James Place.