I am a portrait artist painting horses, dogs, cats and other animals from photos.
I love painting horse portraits & I am very passionate about my work. As a result, my aim is to achieve the best quality portraits that have a realistic likeness to your animal.
I have a long ancestral connection with Nottinghamshire that goes back to the nineteenth century.
My Great Grand Father was William Goodacre Player (1866–1959). He lived at Whatton Manor in Nottinghamshire.
My Great Great Grandfather, was John Ashley Player Esq who came to Nottingham from Essex in 1862. He set up a shop where he sold seeds and manure on Beastmarket Hill in Nottingham City centre.
At that time he also began selling pre-rolled cigarettes to his customers.
In 1879 he bought his first factory in the Broadmarsh area of Nottingham and began manufacturing tobacco and cigarettes and a few years later, he built warehouses in Radford. These where known as the Castle Tobacco Factory and John Player & Sons was born.
John Player & Sons
(their portraits are below)
Whatton Manor in the Vale of Belvoir
Whatton-in-the-Vale is an English village in the Nottinghamshire borough of Rushcliffe. Whatton lies in the Vale of Belvoir, with the River Smite to the west and the River Whipling to the east.
There is also Belvoir Castle only a stones throw from Whatton Manor which occupies a dominant position overlooking the vale. Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the family of the Dukes of Rutland.
Whatton Manor is to the south of the village of Whatton on the south side of the A52 and Belvoir Castle can be seen in the distance from the A52.
The original stables to Whatton Manor can still be seen from Manor Lane.
When I was a child living at Northfield farm Cold Overton I would often go over to Whatton Manor to see my great aunt Diff with my grand mother Codge. Pictures of the house are below and the house is no longer their as aunt Diff had it demolished in 1964.
After the demolition of the old house she built a new house on manor lane where today there is a successful stud farm .
Photos of Whatton Manor at Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire before 1964
My Grandmother Violet Mable Player is first left.
She married Captain Clarence Campbell Guthrie Whadcoat who was a Barrister and Army Officer and they first lived at Langham Lodge near Langham in Rutland. They moved to Hambleton in Rutland that is now on the peninsula at Rutland Water.
Orchard House Hambleton
Pencil Sketch by artist Penny Richardson of Orchard House at Hambleton before the family sold it in 1990.