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June 2003

Launch of new book - Tuscany Paintings and Sketches by Douglas Smith

The architectural splendour and majestic beauty of a region that has found a place in world history will be celebrated at the University of Leicester.

Prominent Leicester architect and President of the Leicester Society of Artists Douglas Smith launches a new book of his Tuscany paintings and sketches on June 12.

Douglas Smith, who has been visiting Italy for over 50 years, captures the rich and diverse landscape of Tuscany which was the setting for the birth of the Renaissance in the 13th century.

The University of Leicester is closely involved in the study of the region- Leicester's Italian Department hosts the world's only research centre dedicated to Tuscany, combining the work of Leicester's renowned archaeologists, art historians, literary scholars and historians.

Douglas Smith said: "My sketchbook has been a constant companion when visiting and exploring Tuscany. I have tried to capture a sense of place in this compilation of paintings and sketches covering a great variety of the landscape and buildings."

"It is a book for browsing, for presents and pleasure -to learn, to look and appreciate the rich heritage of this unique area of Italy. There may be even new places included to challenge the traveller familiar with Tuscany."

TUSCANY, follows the success of the books LEICESTER Paintings and Sketches and FRANCE Paintings and Sketches. Bryan Organ the distinguished portrait painter who has also painted some of the Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of the University wrote:

‘Douglas Smith has given us another sketchbook of his travels. This time he takes us to Tuscany, an area familiar to me and of great importance in art history. Here he records with tremendous enthusiasm and energy the architecture, landscape, light and colour in a series of detailed studies in this very special part of Italy.’

Douglas Smith is head of DSSP Ltd Architects and Landscape Consultants and he has been associated continuously with the University from 1963. His work includes the Sports pavilions and the School of Education and one of the last commissions was Café Piazza where the launch will be held.

The book will be launched at the University of Leicester Bookshop and Café Piazza in the Charles Wilson Building on Thursday, June 12 between 4.00 and 7.00pm. There is free parking available after 5.00pm. There will be a signing and special offer at the launch of this 120 page, lavishly illustrated hardback book.


PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: University of Leicester Bookshop and Café Piazza in the Charles Wilson Building on Thursday, June 12 at 5pm.

For more information, please contact Douglas Smith on 0116 2410002 and email

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