Portscatho artist's paintings 'captured a lost London'
A PORTSCATHO artist's legacy will live on through her riverscape paintings, which show the image of a "forgotten" London.
Tributes from all over the world have poured in for Anne Christopherson, 91, who died peacefully at Eshcol House Nursing Home in Portscatho on August 15. Her funeral took place on Tuesday at Gerrans Church.
Although born in India, Mrs Christopherson moved to Greenwich where she worked to capture the beauty of the old London riverside through her paintings.
Her work shows how Greenwich used to look before development and now her pictures are used as a record of a long-lost London by the National Maritime Museum.
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On retirement, she moved to Cornwall and married John, also an artist, in 1958. He died in 1996.
Her godson, Robert Gray, said: "She was incredibly popular and generous.
"Her paintings show a London long since forgotten; one of them shows the industrial scenes of the Isle of Dogs and its barges and ships laden with cargo.
"She was interested in meteorology and the shapes of clouds. She translated that into her work with interesting, distinguished skylines.
"I have been sent messages from all over the world. She really was a remarkable woman.
"She did have a stiff upper lip but people really liked that. She was incredibly funny and well-loved by the people who knew her."
In 2010, her work was featured on an episode of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Her works were valued at about £500.
"I am sure the value of the painting, in terms of documenting London's transformation, will rise," added Mr Gray.
As part of Mrs Christopherson's funeral procession, her walking stick was handed to the youngest member of staff at Eshcol House Nursing Home.
"She always wanted to do things a little differently. Her coffin was painted black and her signature walking stick was given to the nursing home."
Her work was pulled together in the book Time And Tides.