This mural is one of a
the High Street end of Gandy Street. The portraits depict Sir Thomas
Bodley, Nicholas Hilliard (left), his father Richard Hilliard, Sir
Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. There are some extra murals
further along the street depicting scenes of Exeter life. The portraits
were painted by David Simpson in 1993 for the City Council and Exeter
Civic Society and are based on the Tudor painter, Nicholas Hilliard's
miniatures. Hilliard was
born in Gandy Street.
It is a pity that the local graffiti artists (if that is a word that can be applied to their work) don't respect the public art of the city - Hilliard and his friends are often defaced by mindless and disrespectful scribblings.
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