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Nina Carroll

Nina Carroll (1932-1990) was a designer of murals, an illustrator of children’s books and a watercolour artist. She studied at Cheltenham School of Art and at the Ruskin School, Oxford. She lived in Kettering and later in Oxford. Her husband, John Steane, was headmaster of Kettering Grammar School in 1964 to 1976. Both Nina and her husband were founder members of the Kettering Civic Society, and John became their first Secretary. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Watercolour Painters, the Society of Women Artists and the New England Art Club. Her works are in the collection of the Guildhall Museum, Northampton and the Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, amongst others.

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Former Barratt Footshape Bootworks, Northampton
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15½” x 19½”. Signed Nina Carroll. Provenance: sometime with Savage Fine Art, Northampton (label verso).

The Subject
This boot manufacturing business was established in 1903 and the factory…

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…on Agnes Road was built in 1913. It is one of the finest examples of the work of Alexander Ellis Anderson, born in 1866, who had an architectural practice in Northampton (established in 1893). It has Baroque terracotta decorations by Gibbs & Canning, and lettering in the parapet which is typical of Anderson’s designs. It was converted into apartments in 1979 by Ellis Williams Partnership.

Friends Meeting House, Northampton
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15” x 19”. Provenance: sometime with R.S.J. Savage & Son, Northampton (label verso).

The Subject
This Quaker meeting house on Wellington Street in Northampton was built in the…

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…early 19th century, with later alterations. It is constructed of red brick with a hipped roof and has a single-storey porch on the north side, facing a peaceful garden.

Market Square, Northampton
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15” x 18½”. Signed Nina Carroll.

The Subject
The Market Square in Northampton is one of the largest in England…

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…and was described by Daniel Defoe in the 18th century as one of the handsomest in England. This painting is a view of the south side of the Market Square, with the tower of All Saints’ Church in the background, as well as the copper dome of the Nationwide building (formerly Westminster Bank).

Theatre Royal, Windsor, Berkshire
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15¼” x 19”. Signed Nina Carroll. Inscribed in pencil verso: ‘Theatre Royal, Windsor’.

The Subject
The Theatre Royal nestles in the shadow of…

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…Windsor Castle and produces a wide repertoire, ranging from the classics and pantomime to new works. The present building was constructed in 1910 on the site of an early 19th century theatre which had been destroyed by fire.

Oxford University Parks
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15” x 18¾”. Signed Nina Carroll.

The Subject
The buildings in the view are Keble College Chapel on the right; the science buildings and Museum of Natural History in the centre; and the Old Observatory on the left.

St Helen’s Wharf, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 15¼” x 19”. Signed Nina Carroll and inscribed ‘St Helen’s Wharf, Abingdon’.

The Subject
The former St Helen’s Wharf overlooking the River Thames in Abingdon once thronged with…

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…merchant boats unloading and loading their wares. The magnificent sweep of the right angled bend in the Thames which occurs at this point makes it a vantage point for looking both up and down stream

White House at Datchet, Berkshire
A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 6½” x 9”. Signed Nina Carroll. Inscribed in pencil verso: ‘White house at Datchet’. Label verso: Century Galleries, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire.

The Subject
This is a colourful view of Victorian houses on Southlea Road in the village of Datchet, Berkshire.