Fowey From Boddinick
|Title||Fowey From Boddinick|
|Paper Size (W x H)||30 x 23 ins|
John Chisnall works mainly in watercolour, which he finds particularly well-suited to catching both the atmosphere and the detail of the architecture and landscapes he chooses to paint. Watercolour is not only portable, which is ideal when traveling, but it is also ‘immediate’, and it is this sense of immediacy which is central to the freshness and spontaneity associated with his work. Fowey (pronounced Foye) is one of the largest and busiest ports on the south coast of Cornwall and provides a deep, sheltered harbour capable of taking very large vessels. Apart from tourism, its main trade now is in the shipping of china clay from the local works around St Austell.
John Chisnall’s view is painted from the hill above Boddinick, the small hamlet opposite Fowey which provides one of the finest views of the estuary, with Fowey on the right and the village of Polruan opposite, towards the estuary mouth. St Catherine’s Castle, which was built by Henry VIII, can be seen on the right and in the far distance is Gribben Head, which marks the beginning of St Austell Bay. The tower of the parish church of St Fin Barr dominates the town. John Chisnall has many personal connections with Fowey. His wife was born in a tiny village just outside the town and her great-grandfather, Simeon Rowe, was mayor in 1922 and is celebrated by a plaque on the wall of the parish church. Her grandparents ran the clothing and haberdashery shop which still exists in the Town Square and her uncle ran the town engineering works sited at the edge of the docks. The Chisnall family still makes an annual pilgrimage back to Fowey, usually for regatta week in August.
Each print is hand signed by the artist and hand numbered.
About the Artist
John Chisnall was born in Carshalton, Surrey in 1943 where he spent the first twenty years of his life. At school, he received encouragement in the arts in general from various members of the art departments and on leaving qualified as a chartered surveyor.Find out more