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The Painting

A pen, ink and watercolour measuring 14¾" x 18¾". Signed Nina Carroll. Inscribed: ‘Northampton May 2nd 1975 / Gates of Manfield Hospital’.

About the Artist

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.

The Subject

Gates of Manfield Hospital, Northampton. Entrance gateway of the former Manfield Hospital on Kettering Road, built in 1899-1902 as a substantial mansion for Sir Philip Manfield, a Northampton shoe manufacturer. The architect was Charles Dorman. The gateway has limestone carriageway piers flanked by ironstone walls; pine trees are visible beyond.

Nina Carroll

Gates of Manfield Hospital, Northampton

Nina Carroll - Gates of Manfield Hospital, Northampton