Channel Islands Water-Colours – Henry B. Wimbush

Recently I decided that I needed to know more about the Channel Islands, why?  Why not, is my default answer and there are probably few better reasons than that.  Having since hunted down a couple of books – as well as finding some obscure titles about other subjects in the process, more of which in the future – this is the first of two books I have to share with you.

Rather than concentrating on the stories and histories thereof first, this offering is a simply a series of watercolour scenes from the islands.  These are mainly from Jersey and Guernsey, as well as a token one each from both Alderney and Sark.

Strangely the cover doesn’t really give the inquisitive viewer any clue to the quality or style of the work, so throwing myself into the subjective world of art, I couldn’t help but be taken by this collection. Not only does it inspire travel with its attention to nature, but it also adds in a touch of the human encroachment and how this can be pleasant but also less palatable.

There is much to appreciate with these watercolours, whether it be a ferocious sea, a peaceful scene of boats around a harbour, or the impressive towering cliffs that adorn a few of the pieces.  The sea features in all of the photos, which makes sense for the subject of islands but the scope for the interiors now interests me and leaves me seeking art that is more inward looking.

I find this book not only a pleasing companion piece to discovering about the islands but also as a means to imagination and to allow ourselves to dream of unspoilt, or at least less populated islands, where the possibilities for discovery and adventure in nature are always tantalisingly close at hand.

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13 Replies to “Channel Islands Water-Colours – Henry B. Wimbush”

  1. How lovely. I have never visited, but gather that the islands are very beautiful, tropical even – borne out by that lovely image from your book. I happened to be looking at the islands on a map recently and had not realised how close they are to France. I wonder how they came to be part of the UK instead – do you know?

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    1. If I recall my history correctly, Henry III gave Normandy to the French and they gave up the Channel Islands in return. I can only imagine the upheavels that the various wars have had on the inhabitants. Before my encounter in this book the closest I had been was Cornwall and another book about the football in those parts. I think a group blogger visit is in order!

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    1. Well, now you’ve piqued my interest, there is nothing more pleasurable than collecting topics to research at some point in the future, or to forget about with the weight of so much good stuff to read.

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    1. That’s the thing isn’t it sometimes it just seeps in from following a person, I love that. I shall check the blog out and let it fuel my knowledge for more learning. Next stop could well be the Californian Channel Islands now!

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  2. Dear Ste J, Quite honestly, I had heard of the Channel Islands, but had never seen such a beautiful photo of them as the one your have appended to your post, and I’d never heard of the California Channel Island at all. So much to learn, so little time!

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    1. It’s both exhilarating and annoying to have such scope. That’s part of the reason for the random self educating. More to come soon when reafing and time permits.

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    1. I hope so too, but there are some of the artists pictures online, and I know it isn’t half as good seeing them on a screen but is a good back up plan, if needs be.

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