A WINCHESTER author and artist has created a series of portraits celebrating historical figures associated with Winchester Cathedral.

From Bishop Walkelin who built the cathedral to William Walker the diver, who saved it from collapse Winchester Cathedral has a rich history and many early kings and queens are found there.

Tony Kenyon, 85, of St John’s Street, has brought together interesting and historic figures in a series of lithographic prints, hand coloured and using various art techniques to create a series of ‘portraits’  accompanied by brief biographies.

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Hampshire Chronicle: Winchester Cathedral Portraits by Tony KenyonWinchester Cathedral Portraits by Tony Kenyon (Image: Tony Kenyon)

The collection includes St Swithun, King Canute, Queen Mary and Philip of Spain, Jane Austen, Field Marshal Wavell and the less well-known James Robbins who owned what is now P&G Wells book shop. He was the first to promote Winchester as a tourist destination.

Mr Kenyon, who has written and illustrated many books, works in his garden studio overlooking Winchester. The 85-year-old has previously worked in Montreal, San Francisco and Honolulu Hawaii, and received the Oppenheim Gold Medal for book illustration and was short-listed for the Ruskin Prize. He designed and illustrated Diver Bill about William Walker published in 2018 and was the author and illustrator of Winchester Legends published 2019.

Winchester Cathedral Portraits, published by Sarsen Press, is available for £14.99 from P&G Wells Books, Cathedral Bookshop Winchester and Winchester Tourist Office.