“For 30 years Marianne Topham had been drawing and painting in virtual secrecy, producing detailed watercolour paintings of proposed design projects that leading architects and decorators would then show to their clients for approval” – Architectural Digest
The only time that Marianne Topham broke her secrecy was when the Christopher Wood Gallery at Malletts discovered her and invited her to exhibit her work in 1994.
“Topham… has painted some of London’s most interesting rooms, many of them private. She has also painted Leighton House, the Holland Park home of Frederic, Lord Leighton; Linley Sambourne House, home of Edward Linley Sambourne, a leading cartoonist of the late-Victorian and Edwardian period; and the museum room in the Fleet Street headquarters of Hoare & Company.”
Marianne Topham was born in July 1945 and studied art at the Byam Shaw School of Art. Great-great-granddaughter of F.W. Topham, contemporary and friend of Charles Dickens and well known Victorian engraver and watercolour artist. Great-granddaughter of F.W.W. Topham, who was a very well recognised Victorian artist (one of whom’s paintings hangs in the Guild Hall, London), Marianne Topham has, for several years, been commissioned by all the major Interior Design Companies, and leading Estate Agents and Property Development Groups to provide watercolour visuals of design schemes both in the UK and abroad.
Apart from the UK, visuals have been completed for projects in Spain, Switzerland, The Rivieria, The Bahamas, Nigeria, Bahrein, Brunei (Royal Family), Kuwait (Royal Family), Morocco (Royal Family), Saudi Arabia (Royal Family), Lebannon and America.
Specialising in both exterior and interior schemes, published commissions include: Dunster Castle for the National Trust, a series for Homes and Gardens Magazine, Chelsea Harbour for P&O, together with several brochures of development schemes for the leading Property Companies and Estate Agents.
Her watercolour of Philip Treacy’s Belgravia Hat Shop (shown here) was purchased by and hangs in the British Museum.
Marianne continues to work confidentially for many of today’s leading designers.