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Padstow harbour with ketch, schooner and working boats
'Smiling Morn on a Silver Sea'

The Presentation Print
and the story of the picture

This print is an open editon 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 22.5 x 14.5 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

The painting is of Padstow around about 1910. Most of the buildings are the same although the large red brick building which stands on the quay these days was built just a few years ago, it is the same shape as the original warehouse but will need another 100 years to weather so that it blends in.

The inner harbour is now a floating harbour with tidal lock gates, before that there was a wide open vista to the estuary beyond. All the boats in the painting were local boats or regular visitors. The ketch moored alongside the quay is a Brixham smack the "Smiling Morn." Fishing boats regularly used the harbour when they were working the grounds off the North Cornwall coast into the Irish sea, the harbour sometimes being packed with boats from other ports such as Lowestoft, Grimsby or Brixham.

The topsail schooner ghosting past Langford's quay is the "Gypsy Maid" a local boat and typical of many working boats that plied the coasts bringing all the goods by sea.

I painted it in the morning with early mists just lifting and the activity on the quay just starting, with the baker on his rounds chatting to a customer and a fisherman loading his punt with fish baskets. The sound of the seagulls' cries echo off the surrounding buildings, with the clunk of rowlocks drifting across the water as a boat is rowed out of the harbour. The fisherman in the foreground is one of today's fisherman who was eating his breakfast as a seagull sat on the side of his boat waiting to snatch the slightest crumb, or the whole pastie! Some things have not changed at all!


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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Click on 'Add to Basket' to buy the standard size print (22.5 x 14.5 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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