#Bude Watercolour Mystery
Malcolm says: Petherick’s warehouse beyond Granary Court – It’s not a bad representation!
- Theresa says: Branscombes are very collectable water colours in this area . I think both father and son painted. One lived in Marhamchurch.Here is a Branscombe print by G Branscombe 1821
Firstly, it’s great to know that people in France also check out our website, so my many thanks indeed to David Wheeler, who has sent us a copy of a watercolour he has of a warehouse along the Bude Canal, an artwork which is a little perplexing. Understandably, David would like more information about the painting. Does anyone know who it is by? Was it even painted by someone who had never been to Bude? A few aspects seem inconsistent, as he points out. As David suggests, it does not seem to be a great work of art, but it nonetheless has a certain rustic charm.
This is a copy of the watercolour that I have. The inscription on the back reads ‘slate yard on the banks of the canal’ . There follows what I think may be an initial followed by a name but I can make nothing of it. The date is written ‘Augt 24th 1888’. The painting is said to be by G.Branscombe 1888. But that does not equate to what I think is the signature. The handwriting is of the period. It is neat and and it is a trained hand.I like the painting. It is jolly but of no artistic merit. Given the skill of many Victorian watercolourists, this one seems to be lacking. But it is surely of a particular building, shown in a poor state of repair. Plaster is falling off the end gable which obscures some lettering which I cannot decipher. The ship shown adjacent is stylised and the rigging is all wrong. It was not painted by someone who knew about such things. The ship’s boat is an alarming shape.The group of buildings seems to be set in the countryside. I cannot see any resemblance to the Hockin & Hooper stores shown in your photos of the Strand. I would be very interested to know what you can make of it. I know nothing of Bude, beyond visits many years ago, but I am certain that this was an actual building, and it is of an interesting design. There is a passage through the ground floor level of the canal side wing.