Celebrating Cornwall

This limited edition print, one of one hundred, will be given away freely to anyone attending the Cornish Business Show on 14th March 2019. But just what is the story behind the work?

The print was created to showcase some of the historical aspects of Cornwall.

The 8ft bronze sculpture of King Arthur, located at Tintagel Castle, long associated with the legend of King Arthur is seen battling the sea in the foreground.

A bottle of Sharps Doombar can be seen nestled on the sea bed alongside the remains of the merchant ship ‘President’. The ‘President‘ was laden with a precious cargo of diamonds and pearls from India when she sank in February 1684, off Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall.

A grey seal and pilchards dash through the undercurrents past the Cornish flag. Pilchard fishing and processing was a thriving industry in Cornwall from around 1750 to around 1880.

Historically, mining of tin (and later also of copper) was of vital important to the Cornish economy and so we have the Wheal Coates tin mine visible in the distance in the top right of the poster.

Today though, tourism plays a much more pivotal part in Cornwall’s success and so we reflect this with the surfer riding the waves above the underwater sea scape.

Central to our poster is the ‘Beast of Bodmin‘ – a wildcat purported to live on Bodmin Moor with sightings dating back to 1978. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food conducted an official investigation in 1995. The study found that there was “no verifiable evidence” of exotic felines loose in Britain.

Fear not, our ‘Beast’ here is contained within the Eden project’s giant dome which has ‘The Birds‘ of British writer Daphne du Maurier perched on its roof. The horror story, latterly converted into a feature film by Alfred Hitchcock, is set in du Maurier’s native Cornwall shortly after the end of the Second World War.

Ghosted over the whole image is the famous Cornish Tartan.

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