Category Archives: Paintings and sketches

Mumbles and scraps (Objects 170-171)

Today’s objects are some sketches that I assume came from the 19th century residents of Llwyn Derw House, as featured in the previous post. The clue is in the inscriptions: in the charming pen and ink sketch above, the carriage’s … Continue reading

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House of Mystery, with a heart of oak (object no.169)

This oil painting of a country house used to hang in our much humbler family home, from the time Mum inherited it from Auntie in 1971, until her own death 30 years later. Prior to that it had hung on … Continue reading

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Common People (objects 157-159)

This lovely lino cut of a Dartmoor pony by Paxton Chadwick is one of my favourite pictures. It was given to me for my 18th birthday by the artist’s widow, Lee Chadwick. It wasn’t framed but she had added a … Continue reading

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“The Delectable Duchy”: Cornwall, 1934 (Object 74)

This pair of watercolours by Sidney James Beer, depicting views around Falmouth in Cornwall, have been familiar to me all my life: firstly hanging on the walls at Derwen, later in my parents’ living room, and now on my own … Continue reading

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Witches, ghosts and Mischief night (Object 53)

It’s Hallowe’en and here’s something suitably witchy from the archives. It’s another of the Welcome Home posters featured previously; this one, showing more of Dad’s artwork,  welcomed me home from a trip away, presumably at this time of year. Mum … Continue reading

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Life, still (object 50)

I am cheating slightly with this post, by featuring an object which is not actually in the Usmeum. I suppose I could say it’s on display at the regional branch (my brother’s house). I have featured the artwork of my … Continue reading

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Scenes from my childhood (object 44)

My recent posts have featured distant ancestors from the Fry and Horman-Fisher families: wealthy, privileged, aristocratic families, very different from my own. I have enjoyed discovering the delicate drawings and watercolours of my maternal grandfather’s relatives, Margaret Fry and Hephzibah … Continue reading

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