Archive for May 2012

Ubsdell Exhibition Portsmouth

Saturday 26th May, Portsmouth City Museum. The Gx3 Grandchildren of RHC Ubsdell gather for the Official Opening of the exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the Portsmouth artist’s birth. Tessa Nilsson turns to congratulate John Stedman, Archivist and Exhibition organiser. Centre Chris Brindle, author of “Hampshire” , and further right David Quinton, and Katy […]

The Contents Page

Individually Ubsdell’s paintings are interesting but when his entire known output is brought together and related to the geography they show, the stories behind the people of the age he painted, the history of the age, and the story of his own decline and fall, the result is stunning. Ubsdell and Dickens were born in Portsmouth […]

Greetings Cards

I have made some of Ubsdell’s most beautiful images into Greetings Cards. The images in the Royal Collection that can be seen at and the stories behind them form one set, and four images from the Portsmouth City Museums collection and the stories behind them, form another.

Greetings Card Back

…..and the back of the Greetings Card tells the story of the person or scene in Ubsdell painting and what happened next. This is Funtley Hill today with the M27 obscuring the view of the Church of St. Francis.

Ubsdell and the Uppark Estate

A distant cousin found one of Ubsdell’s glass negatives. Scanning it in Photoshop in greyscale and reversing the image this amazing picture emerged. Amazing because it is a photo of Ubsdell himself returned from a hunting party on Lady Fetherstonhaugh’s Uppark Estate (now N.T.) and as a mark of gratitute he painted his image on […]

Portsmouth & South Hampshire

This is Hannah’s cover for Hampshire: Discovering the 19th Century World of Portsmouth Artist R.H.C. Ubsdell: Volume 1 Portsmouth & South Hampshire Now we just have to get the cover right for Volume 2 which covers Southampton & North Hampshire !