Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Old Packet House
Painting - Watercolour
I am amazed at the quality of this print when art paper is chosen. It's better than the original which is showing it's age a wee bit. I recommend buying a straight print of this and framing it yourself but Fine Art America's framing service is VERY good so if you want to get the job done and dusted, may be it would be the better option to pay the extra.
About the Packet House: Around 1828, a fast steam packet service ran along the Bridgewater Canal, carrying passengers relatively quickly in and out of Manchester. The Old Packet House, situated by the canal at the junction of Manchester Road and Navigation Road, was a stopping point for the service and tended to passengers needs while they waited for the boats arrival. Over time, it became a traditional public house and has served local customers in it's present form for over 100 years. It has resisted the pressure to become a modern "drinking emporium" and remains a classic British pub patronised by ordinary folk.
About the artist: This watercolour was painted by my Mother, Joan Pearson (m. Blinkhorn) in 1991. She learned her skills from her Father Reginald Pearson, a skilled metallurgist, draughtsman and entrepreneur. They were put to use at the Record Company's factory on nearby Atlantic Street where she worked during the war as an instrument dial marker.
She was a passionate painter and like her father, she had a draughtsman's eye for art as you can see.
January 15th, 2011
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