This was the setting for the wonderful painting, drawings and illustrations of Charles Tunnicliffe, who moved to Anglesey with his wife in 1947 and lived there until his death in 1979.
Many people of my generation will be familiar with at least some of Tunnicliffes work although they may not know his name..or be aware of the great scope and variety of artwork he produced. He is probably best known for his illustrations in the popular 'Ladybird' books such as 'What to look for in Spring'..Summer, Autumn, Winter, and the 'Brookbond' Tea Cards we so loved to collect, which featured birds, animals, insects, flowers and trees.
Arriving on Anglesey on the morning of a warm spring day I felt immediately immersed in his landscapes and his world. His sheep were in the fields, Hawthorn and Willow, Swallow and Rook seemed to appear from the pages of the books I had grown up with. I visited first the small village of Malltraeth where he lived with his wife at 'Shorelands', a bungalow overlooking the Cefni estuary. Now privately owned, the bungalow is visible, and the estuary still rings with the haunting cries of Curlew, and many other wading birds may be seen. A lovely spot for artist and bird-watcher alike.
|Measured Drawing - Greenland Falcon|
|Mereside Chronicles' published 1947|