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A Cheshire cat, a quay, an emmigrant and Chester port mid 1600's

Katy requested a Remarque on her print so with her story in mind I showed The New Crane wharf with a unique scene in drawn pencil.

I always draw the remarques and sign in pencil, inks fade, graphite does not.

My sketch  may give Katy an idea for how the cat got onboard the ship in her story.
I hope she likes it, it will be a surprise, she did not request a subject for the Remarque.

You can order your copy and pay securely using Paypal on page http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html

Mean while:

My  friend Ruth Naylor  wrote to me offering her cat for the lead role!

Ruth also wrote, ” very interesting stuff about Chester – I’m particularly interested in Chester Port in the mid-1600s because it’s possible that George Naylor went to America from there…….” 

In 1600 Chester would not have been a port as we understand the term today.
Of course we know Chester has had a “port” since at least Roman times.
You probably know the meaning of “chester” and it’s origin?

Also the river has moved since 1300 when the water tower was built outside the Roman walls however I could probably work out where the river was in 1600 from records of the weir.
The biggest changes to the river have been down stream from Chester.

I have a little info on the origins of Port of Chester in it’s early days if you know more please write to this blog?

As you know, my painting http://www.frickers.co.uk/marine-art/chester.html shows the port in 1863.
Some of the enormous research we carried out is written up in “further reading” accessed via the main page, but not my also numerous sketches.

Port of Chester 1863  was a splendid painting, 5′ across and included 38 people, 7 horses, 4 swans and a dog.

On the wall it radiated light, not unlike having an extra window.
Took me years to find a buyer and I only got £8,000 for it.

The original plan was to produce a series of other ports including Plymouth and Gloucester.

People have said if you paint my port I’ll buy the set; tempting but it took 2 months to paint and years to sell the painting even if we did sell 90 prints at the civic reception and many more after.

Of course the gallery did very well as almost all the prints were sold framed.

Anyway, co incidentally I am now finally working on a “Port of Plymouth” and Plymouth City Museum have tentatively offered me an exhibition when it is complete.