Image size: 508 x 350 (mm) Paper size: 610 x 457 (mm)
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 aboutan event of sailing barge racing,this annual event
from Pin Mill. (Thesebarges were responsible for carrying allthe 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 andOyster). The wind takes them from the river Orwel into
the threatening North Sea, already we seea swell approaching. The off shore windfills the great red sails andthe race is afoot.
On the shore climbing to the top of the painting wesee Charity Farm, home of the
Wrinch family. (The area farmspigs and sugar beet.) A beautifulSuffolk punch is
served at the farm wherein a Christening occurs. The young boy will one day be sent
to prepschool across the river (we send our childrento 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 wreckin gold hanger creekin one of themany smugglers coves.
Sheffield born and bred, Joe is the symbolism of the world famous steel city. Born
in Pitsmoor in 1938 Joe the artist has brought the images of life in Sheffield and
South Yorkshire on to canvases which grace walls around the globe.
Joe’s paintings are world famous and they can be found in San Francisco on the west
coast of America and on the east in New York and Chicago, Joe’s work can be found
in many a gallery in all parts of the UK and Europe. The vibrant colours and real
life scenes are portrayed in all Joe Scarborough paintings.
Joe is a popular Sheffield figure who is never seen without a smile and always has
a story to tell about life in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.