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'A fresh Breeze'
The Presentation Print
This print is one of a limited edition of 495. It is a 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 14 x 22 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.
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The Story of the Painting
A fresh breeze is blowing whipping up the occasional cat's paw as two boats with gleaming cotton canvas sails surge through the azure sea in a closely matched race. Neither has taken a turn on the reefing gear so that the rigging is humming as they dip their side decks beneath the waves sending spray flying over their crews. This is an ideal sailing day and the boats are in their element.
Number 10 is my boat; she is the last remaining Taw Torridge One Design, designed by Norman Dallimore in the late twenties specifically to race on the two rivers. Eighteen of the class were built by J.Hinks boatyard and Waters boatyard of Appledore.
I have the original contract which specifies that only the best mahogany, teak, oak, elm and larch were to be used, with a silver spruce mast and boom. Iron fittings were specifically barred - instead copper and brass were specified, sails were only to be of Egyptian cotton. All of this was for the handsome sum of £67 for one boat and £63 for five, with a penalty clause of 10/- a day for late delivery!
Audrey Hinks Gallery sells my paintings. Her husband, Alan, was a ship builder, and his father built these boats - so there is an expert on hand should I need it.
I have a mooring on the sands at Instow for Number 10, from which we have set forth on many exhilarating days of sailing. However after seventy years she is protesting her age and has been out of the water for some while as the keel has split and is being rebuilt. Each time I look at this painting I dream of hoisting the sails, to feel her come alive once again, to feel the breeze in my hair and hear the gurgle of water under the keel as she dips and lifts, surging forward, once again cutting her wake through the sparkling waters of the Torridge.
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.
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 £48 (plus postage and packing) click one of the options below.
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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.
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