Austin 7s on Bideford Quay. 'In Seventh Heaven'
An open edition giclee print. 21 x 14.5 inches approximately.
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.