New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell
New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell art reproduction prints by Robin Reynolds.
Signed by artist

127.64 cm x 64.14 cm (50.25” x 25.25”)

New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell
Daniel Hammer, deputy director of The Historic New Orleans Collection, has observed wryly that Robin Reynolds’s New Orleans artwork, Between Heaven and Hell, seems to combine three of the artist’s prevailing themes - fantasy townscapes, disasters, and city panoramas - in one image.
But Between Heaven and Hell is much more than an artwork. Behind the detail are stories of landmark events in the development of the city over the 300 years since its founding. Researched by American historian Sarah Borealis and Bobby Ticknor of The Historic New Orleans Collection, they are told by British writer Cathy Loughran, and are presented in an interactive guide developed by the artist’s brother, Simon Reynolds.
The guide also serves as a showcase for The Collection. As they browse through the guide, visitors can link into digital learning resources from the vaults of THNOC - including images, documents, music and audio testimony.
The guide can be accessed via tablet at the gallery in New Orleans, and it will shortly be launched on the worldwide web.
Finally, as in Robin’s London panorama in which he included visual references to 41 Shakespeare plays and poetic works, there are hidden mysteries in Between Heaven and Hell. What do the birds, swirling over New Orleans, tell us? And at the end of the pageant, what song (and associated New Orleans musician) do the roses and adjacent imagery bring to mind?

Robin Reynolds
Born in Zimbabwe in 1952, Robin Reynolds is based in England. He spent most of his working life in journalism and business communications in the United Kingdom, and latterly he was responsible for the BBC’s art and history collections.
He works in work in pen-and-ink and watercolour, developing stories in pictures along a number of themes - notably urban fantasies, disasters, and more recently, history-related city panoramas.
Earlier works include a 2016 panorama of London. It celebrates 1616 - the year Claes Janz Visscher produced a quirky engraving of the mediaeval city before it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 - and the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.
To see more of Robin’s work, visit

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