'In 7th Heaven.' Austin 7s on Bideford Quay.
A greetings card. 8 x 6 inches approximately.
Each card is £2. Sold in packs of six at £12.
This is the quay side in the port of Bideford. Two Austin 7s steer around the flock of pigeons and seagulls which eagerly feed on the bread cast by a caring lady. I painted this from life over the course of ten days in mid winter with my golden retriever, Bramble, as company. I had to tether my easel and lash a large fishing umbrella to it each time a squall threatened to soak us and my canvas. Every day the lady brought a bag of bread which she fed to the birds. I just waited till she came to guarantee pigeons and seagulls to paint!
Bideford was the sixth biggest port in England in the Elizabethan age. Richard Grenville, a compatriot of Sir Francis Drake, lived in a town house at the end of the ancient long bridge. The Victorian building flying the flag is the Town library and Council Offices. The Hotel is Tantons - a large and very old hostelry.