Shipwright’s Arms, Wells Next Sea


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Watercolour on paper. Signed lower left. Titled on the reverse.

Image size: 12.6 x 23.4 cm; framed dimension 35.5 x 45.7 cm.

The painting is archivally mounted with a double acid free window mount and barrier board, glazed and framed with a beautiful gold hand-finished moulding.

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Wells next Sea was a popular scene for the North Norfolk watercolour artist to paint but this is an unconventional view looking towards the east of the harbour showing jetties and moored as well as sailing boats near the local pub at the time, the Shipwright’s Arms. This was originally a cottage by the waterfront, purchased in 1861 and converted to a public house by 1863. It was once colourfully described as “a Watney house, near the whelk boiling sheds, a real waterman's pub". The building no longer stands converted into residential properties. This highly detailed watercolour painting captures a gentle, charming atmosphere that has long since disappeared from this busy coastal port on the North Norfolk coast.

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