The "English Riviera"

Cornish Watercolor of Anstey's Cove (LEO Design)

Sadly, this year's travel plans have been supplanted with overdue home projects, including the hanging and cataloging of my personal collection of paintings and other artwork.  So this summer, in lieu of an overseas getaway, I could only gaze wistfully at framed pictures as I hung them—many of them reminding me of my favorite travel destinations (and vacations gone by).  Let me share a few of them with you.  Alas, this shall be the extent of my romantic journeys for Summer 2020.  On the whole, I have little to complain of.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy a few more "little journeys,' gazing at my pictures of my favorite places.

Cornwall is found on the southwest peninsular tip of the Isle of Great Britain.  Due to its remote location, Celtic history and coastal lifestyle, it has developed a rich and independent Cornish culture.  Add the area's rugged beauty and one understands why artists and craftsmen have been flocking to Cornwall for decades.  Artists of great renown live alongside their much-less-famous peers.

This watercolor captures the beauty of Anstey's Cove, a snug little inlet on the Eastern coast of Cornwall.  It was part of the so-called "English Riviera" and very popular as a Victorian seaside getaway.

The painting is clearly dated 1951 which was an interesting time in the Cornish Artists' community.  The cipher, however, remains a mystery to me.  It seems to be a combination of letters (Initials? An acronym?) within a circular logo (An artist's guild?  A regional painters' club?).  I show it below, on the chance you may recognize the attribution.  (Thank you!)

Artist's Cipher on Watercolor of Anstey's Cove, Cornwall (LEO Design)


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