John Fish B.Sc. Publishers of Tenby in Wales (UK)

TENBY PORTAL PAGES

VISUAL PEMBROKESHIRE

Pembrokeshire in Pictures and Photos

David Bellamy's Pembrokeshire

Moods of Pembrokeshire and its Coast by John Cleare

Francis Frith's Tenby and Saundersfoot (Photographic Memories Series) by Francis Frith, Marion Davies and Mark Lewis

Saundersfoot and Tenby (Pocket Images Series) by ken Daniels

Impelled to Paint: The Life and Work of Dorothy Morse Brown by Neil Westerman

Edward Joseph Head, the Tenby Artist: A Biography by Neil Westerman

 

 

 

David Bellamy's Pembrokeshire

HALSGROVE PUBLISHERS: David Bellamy was born in the shadow of the great keep of Pembroke Castle, and is passionate about the Pembrokeshire landscape. This is his tenth book illustrated with his paintings, and he has produced practical guides to watercolour painting on Video, He has also appeared many times on television, including his own series 'Painting Wild Wales' on HTV. He runs a number of painting courses and occasionally takes groups of painters trekking to the Himalayas, Andes and other places. He is also fascinated by Middle Eastern culture, enjoying desert scenery as well as that of the high mountains. A lively demonstrator in watercolour, David has given talks in many places, including to school children in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania, in Swahili, and has taught Maasai warriors and Nepalese Sherpas to sketch. He occasionally works in pastel and oils and is a regular contributor to Leisure Painter magazine.

The gloriously varied scenery of Pembrokeshire has inspired many artists over the centuries with its secret creeks, golden beaches, wild Preseli Mountains, savage cliffs, medieval castles, gaunt crags, magical bird islands and little harbours shoe-horned into the folds of the coast. This varied and magical landscape is captured in over 80 water-colours plus many sketches, and accompanied by David's lively text of anecdotes, reflections and descriptions, with snatches of legends and history.

This is a comprehensive introduction to some of the most stunning views in Pembrokeshire, and a marvellous souvenir for those who are already familiar with the county. The atmospheric watercolours range from the dramatic limestone cliffs of South Pembrokeshire, through the haunting creeks of the River Cleddau and the rural landscape of David's youth, to the northern hills and to the magnificently wild coasts of north and west Pembrokeshire with their pinnacles, rock arches, stacks and tiny coves. The great castles of Pembroke, Manorbier, Carew and Cilgerran (much loved by Turner) are also included.

David often takes great pains to capture his sketches, sometimes in danger of losing more than just his paint box: a cliff has collapsed under him; he has been cut off by the tide; he has been swamped by huge waves; and he has abseiled down a cliff to enter a cave system to record one of the most beautiful underground chambers in Britain. The book is spiced with these adventures that lend a sense of spontaneity to his sketches, sometimes done in storms, snow and lashing rain. David's sense of humour, absolutely vital in such situations, comes across in his writing.

David Bellamy's Pembrokeshire is a large format hardback book (258x238mm) comprising 144 pages. Containing over 125 watercolours and sketches reproduced in full colour.

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Moods of Pembrokeshire and its Coast by John Cleare

HALSGROVE PUBLISHERS: Pembrokeshire and its coastline contain some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. Internationally-acclaimed photographer John Cleare has put together over 140 sparkling images which show less-frequented aspects of this wonderful and ever-changing landscape and seascape. Hardback, 144 pages.

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Francis Frith's Tenby and Saundersfoot (Photographic Memories Series) by Francis Frith, Marion Davies and Mark Lewis

Tenby Observer:Written by local Blue Badge guide Marion Davies and Mark Lewis, assistant curator at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, 'Tenby and Saundersfoot - Photographic Memories' contains a wealth of knowledge about the area. The authors have spoken to many local people to ensure that the book is full of the small details which bring the history of the area to life.

In this stunning book you can experience the Tenby and Saundersfoot that you know and love as they were in past times. It is lavishly illustrated with 100 beautiful photographs from the world-famous Francis Frith Collection, all of which were taken between 1890 and 1965.

"As well as gaining insights into the history of these two unique places, readers can enjoy the sights, including the bustling harbours, the shops and buildings, the ancient monuments and the fine coastal scenery," said co-author Marion Davies.

In addition to Tenby and Saundersfoot, the book also includes photographs of Amroth, Caldey Island, Carew Castle, Gumfreston, Lydstep, Manorbier, Penally and Wisemans Bridge.

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Saundersfoot and Tenby by ken Daniels (Pocket Images Series)

Tenby Observer: A sought-after book featuring rare and valuable local postcards is back in print with a new handy format.

Well-known collector of Pembrokeshire postcards Ken Daniels, only recently learned that Nonsuch Publishing had chosen his "Saundersfoot and Tenby" pictorial history as one of 40 best-selling books to reprint in a pocket edition.

The decision will be a welcome one for many people in Tenby and Saundersfoot, since only 2,000 copies were printed the first time around in 1995. "They sold-out in no time at all," commented Ken Daniels, a regular contributor to our sister paper, the Tenby Times.

"Pembrokeshire has been fortunate to have always had excellent photographers across the County, leaving a legacy of events and street scenes. Many of the best photographic postcards are very scarce, because there may only have been six cards produced at the time.

"Tenby photographer Mortimer Allen had a reputation for taking a photograph of a special event one day and the next it would be in his shop-window. That was when he had his studio in High Street.

"Of course, with the seaside attracting visitors from all parts, postcards from Tenby went all over the world."

Mr Daniels was inspired to start his collection when he was employed in his first teaching post in 1951. On visiting the street market in Enfield, he came across a stall where a man was selling cigarette cards and postcards kept in shoeboxes. Despite being 300 miles away from Pembrokeshire, he discovered three pictures of Saundersfoot amongst the collection, and found that special longing for home, or hiraeth, awakened.

Mr Daniels recalled: "In those days you could buy postcards for a penny or a halfpenny; boxes for half-a-crown, but good photographic cards now are hard to find. Most of them are in collections."

The most valuable card in Ken Daniels' collection is one of Emily Pankhurst's impromptu rally in Laston Square. Unlike other Mortimer Allen postcards, it is neither named nor dated, so its historical significance could easily be missed.

Priced at 5.99, the 160-page pocket size 'Saundersfoot and Tenby', includes 240 old photographs capturing with intimacy colourful local characters, family businesses, sporting scenes, special events and forgotten patterns of work.

The publishers, Nonsuch Publishing, conclude: "It is a book which will evoke nostalgia among local residents and will intrigue and inform both those who have retired to these communities and the many thousands of people who each year make Saundersfoot and Tenby their choice of holiday destination."

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Impelled to Paint: The Life and Work of Dorothy Morse Brown by Neil Westerman

Tenby Observer: The name Dorothy Morse Brown is one that many of our readers will immediately recognise. The subject of a new book, Dorothy Morse Brown, became known as The Tenby Artist. Dorothy was the leading professional artist in Tenby from the 1940s to the 1960s. Her watercolour studies of Tenby and district are proudly displayed in the homes of many local people and visitors throughout the country. She lived at Little House, Broadwell Hayes, and worked from a number of different studios in Tenby, including the Cliff Studio overlooking Tenby Harbour. As well as painting her distinctive style of watercolour paintings, Dorothy also produced hand-made jewellery, embroideries and weavings. Our older readers may recall a weekly column entitled Echoes from the Town Walls which featured a drawing by Dorothy Morse Brown throughout the 1950s.
Neil Westerman will be familiar as the author of a book on another Tenby artist, E. J. Head, published in 2001. Mr. Westerman told us that having researched the life of E. J. Head, he had no intention of following this up with any further books. However, that was to change when his brother gave him a watercolour painting of Tenby harbour by the artist Dorothy Morse Brown as a Christmas present. Neil decided that he would like to know more about the artist and finding that no one had researched her life he decided to do the research himself and the result is this beautifully produced book.
With a foreword by Dorothy's son, Guy Morse Brown, Impelled to Paint tells the story of Dorothy's life beginning with her birth and education in Bristol. The story continues with her marriage to the portrait artist Sam Morse Brown and her move to Carmarthen. It was while resident in Carmarthen that Dorothy developed her watercolour style and mounted a joint exhibition with her husband at the Glyn Vivian Gallery in Swansea. In 1939 Dorothy Morse Brown settled in Tenby where she lived until 1977. As well as examining Dorothy's artistic career in Tenby, the book devotes a chapter to the role Dorothy played in the Tenby and District Arts Club and her role in the founding of the Friends of Tenby.
Neil Westerman, a native of Tenby, now lives in Slough, but is a regular visitor to Tenby. He told us: "It is important that the lives of local artists are documented and recorded for the benefit of future generations."
The book is beautifully illustrated with eight colour plates and eight black and white plates. The colour plates include some of the artist's early works, including three different designs for Christmas cards and one children's book illustration. The black and white illustrations include a Christmas card design featuring the Nort statue in Carmarthen, Manorbier Castle, and six views of Tenby. Two further colour views of Tenby are featured on the cover of the book.
Mr Westerman said: "Back issues of the Tenby Observer were an invaluable source of information. I spent many hours studying these at the British Library Newspaper Library in London."
The book has been well received by individuals lucky enough to have received an advance copy. Guy Morse Brown described the work as a 'splendid book' and added: "It was lovely to see some of my mother's earlier works in print - how pleased she would have been!" Sue Baldwin, honorary librarian of Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, described the book as well researched and beautifully presented.

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