ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Harold Bailey was may have an amateur artist who travelled from Birmingham to the area by train. The other work I have of his is a view from the shore of Llwyngwril, which has a small halt and not normally the sort of place tourists would stop unless they were staying there. This painting is likewise close to the halt at Minfordd which is the one you would use for Portmeirion today.
This painting has a good perspective and a very little use of Chinese white to bring out the gulls.
I have not tracked any references to Harold Bailey yet, but I am sure he will appear sooner or later.
TITLE: The Dwryd Estuary at Penrhyndeudraeth
PRICE: £75.00 Ref: 20150812001 PDK
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MEDIUM: Watercolour on paper
Painting: 242 mm 371 mm 9 ½” x 14 5/8”
Frame / Mount: Unmounted laid on card unframed
Signed Harold Bailey lower right
Inscribed verso in artists own hand – Watercolour Harold Ba…. Birming….
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EXPLOSIVES AND A STRONG GRIP ON THINGS
This is a very interesting view of the River Dwyryd Estuary. The viewpoint is not far from Port Meirion, The Italianate village designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It shows Pont Briwet, the bridge which carries both the railway and road over the River Dwyryd between Harlech and Penrhyndeudraeth. The bridge in the painting is the Victorian wooden structure which, after much hassle, bankrupty and change of rail companies, was finally opened in 1867. It was rebuilt by the GWR in 1932 and although Grade II listed was demolished and replaced in 2014.
On the left, Penrhyndeudraeth side of the bridge is the site of the former site of the explosives factory which supplied the slate quarries. The link below will tell you all about it.
Maentwrog is a short way up the River Dwyryd. Just outside the church which is dedicated to St Twrog is a standing stone. It is not large by comparison with many, but it is nonetheless significant in that it has the imprints of the fingers of St Twrog in it. The link below will tell you more:
You will see a reference to William Oakeley who may be a relation of mine who could not spell. Whatever, he knew how to organise the quarrying of slate. The Oakeley quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog was, at one time, the largest man-made hole on earth.
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