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Ketch unloading lime and coal to a horse and cart on North Devon beach
'Unloading Bucks Mills'

The Presentation Print
and the story of the picture

This print is an open edition giclee print on museum quality paper with a slightly structured soft-textured surface as in a traditional fine art paper. The paper is acid free with a weight of 315gsm.

The normal print size is approximately 15 x 20 inches, but, as this is a bespoke piece of art, the artist can produce it for you at a smaller size so that it can hang in that ideal position in your house or will be the best size for a gift.

A bespoke picture can have your loggo, or wording placed on it, a superb solution for a presentation gift.

  • The print is signed personally by Michael once he is happy with the quality
  • Limited edition prints are numbered.
  • The print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity
  • It is accompanied by the story behind it so you can entertain the friends to whom you show it - see below.
  • The print is flat packed to make it easier for framers. Unless you are outside the UK in which case it is sent in a roll for additional security. Michael normally completes your print and despatches it to you within two working days.

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The Story of the Painting

This painting was inspired by Trevor Davies who was a captain of sailing ketches. He lived in Bucks Cross all his life and one of the boats he captained was the Irene, very similar to the ketch in the painting. The seamanship of sailing on this rugged lee shore and in the rip tides of the Bristol Channel with no engine was amazing and he told the story to Michael.

The boat in the painting was a smack named Lucy and was owned by Cruse in Clovelly. She used to bring limestone and coal in from Wales and then unload on the beach. If the tide came in before the cargo could be shifted off the beach it would be left and recovered on the next low tide. In order to get into the beach a channel had been blasted in the rocks offshore, but still it took exceptional skill to regularly sail and land on this rugged lee shore.

Every village where boats could get in had a lime kiln. There is one in the picture and it can be seen in the background. Similarly each village up the Torridge River had one. The reason was that the lime was spread on the fields to correct the acidity in the soil and was also used for lime washing houses.

Michael painted the painting sitting on the rocks on the beach. He had to stop when the tide came in and start again when it went down enough to re-erect his easel.

Guarantee

If you are not delighted with the print post it back to us and we will refund your complete outlay with no questions asked. If the print is damaged in transit then contact us and we will replace it.

Payment

Michael's Limited edition works of art tend to sell out and we regularly get people searching for sold out prints so ensure you order your print before it sells out.

To purchase this unique print with a Certificate of Authenticity, made personally for you and signed by the artist, with the story behind the print at the affordable price of £44 (plus postage and packing) click one of the options below.

Purchase on the web with secure payment:

Click on 'Add to Basket' to buy the standard size print (15 x 20 inches approx)

Purchase a picture with your inscription at a size you choose

Email us with the name of the picture, your inscription and any larger or smaller size you want. Any inscription you choose will be shown in the bottom border along with Michael's signature and any limited edition number.

We will email you back to confirm the details, and ensure there is no confusion. We will also ask for the delivery address and send details of secure payment.

Michael needs you to tell him the horizontal width excluding the border. But when deciding on the size read the note below.

Size considerations:

  • The proportions of width to height remain the same whatever the size so tell us the width of the image and the height will automatically resolve itself.
  • The pictures have a border which varies depending on the size of the image so if the total width (including image and border) is important to you then please let us know and we will confirm the details with you.
If you want the picture cropped please contact us to discuss your requirements

 


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