Size 508 x 350 mm. Signed Numbered Giclée Print of 250. Price £49.50
The tale of the picture by Joe Scarborough
The painting depicts the infamous coast of Suffolk. This coast is full of creeks,home
to smugglers and the most famous wildlife.
However the painting is about an event of sailing barge racing, this annual event
from Pin Mill. (These barges were responsible for carrying all the bricks and hay
used in London.) Usually with a crew of two, a man and a boy, they race to the river
Thames to finish at Battersea power station and so the race begins. They start at
the famous pub (The Butt and Oyster). The wind takes them from the river Orwel into
the threatening North Sea, already we see a swell approaching. The off shore wind
fills the great red sails and the race is afoot.
On the shore climbing to the top of the painting we see Charity Farm, home of the
Wrinch family. (The area farms pigs and sugar beet.) A beautiful Suffolk punch is
served at the farm wherein a Christening occurs. The young boy will one day be sent
to prep school across the river (we send our children to Eton), but ask yourself
how will he fair; Eton or deck hand on the family boat “Thistle”? I don’t know and
suspect you don’t either.
Now “Thistle” lays a wreck in gold hanger creek in one of the many smugglers coves.