I bought a copy – signed by Roger. You can purchase yours at Salcombe Maritime Museum and it is also on sale online, on Amazon.
Roger is an expert in this era and is an excellent speaker. He is also chair of the Salcombe Maritime Museum committee.
Do make a special effort to visit the museum. And not just on rainy days!
The history of Salcombe
The history of the town of Salcombe fascinates me. The port became famous for its beautiful clipper-like schooners, the ‘Salcombe fruiters’.
These ships sailed to the Azores, and elsewhere, picked up cargoes of fruit and then raced homeward to serve the markets of the ports of London, Bristol, Liverpool and Hull before the fruit perished. This was in the days before refrigeration or steam power.
These were beautifully built craft, designed for speed.
The book is a treasure too. It contains 250+ illustrations, including 32 colour reproductions of the paintings of locally built sailing ships in the museum’s collection.
Why did I paint the Salcombe fruiter?
Apart from my passion for all things Salcombe, sailing, the sky, and the sea, the rigging on these ships presents a challenge!
In preparation for this painting, I’ve acquired lots of books, not just Roger’s. I’ve studied many photos and paintings of similar craft, and hours have been spent in conversation with Malcolm Darch, model maker extraordinaire.
In Schooner Sunset, the featured image above, I hope I have captured the glory of these famous ships.
Schooner Sunset – off Hope Cove?
However, the artist in me wanted the backdrop of a genuine sunset.
And where else can you spend such a spectacular end to the day but on the terrace of the Cottage Hotel?
So, although these schooners are no more, we can enjoy the sunset.
Today, while you are reading this post, Anne and I will in Plymouth, having the latest batch of paintings photographed. From those precious images, I can share the pictures online, produce prints, fine art greetings cards and my other affordable art.
All in time for the Preview evening on 5 April …
Next week, I’ll share the origins of another of my new paintings.