Steeple Rock Kynance Cove Cornwall by Sydney Ernest Hart
Watercolour on Paper
Frame size 17.75 ins (4451 mm) by 15 ins (381 mm)
Image Size 9.5 ins (241 mm) by 6.75 ins (172 mm) Oval
Born 1867 The Lizard, Cornwall. Died 1921 Bergen, Norway
Sydney was the 4th child of Thomas Hart the eminent Cornish artist.
taught his father, at 17 he was exhibiting and selling his works,.
including this oval watercolour Steeple Rock Kynance Cove Cornwall by Sydney Ernest Hart.
Several newspaper reports praise the quality of his pictures.
Sydney joined his father on trips to Odda, Norway and settled there earning a living by selling his art work.
In 1911 Raphael Tuck and sons Ltd of London included in there “Oilette” World Wide range of postcards 6 paintings by Sydney, these remained in there catalog up to the 1930’s
There are a number of small tidal islands and stacks within Kynance Cove which were formed because the tremolite serpentine was broken into blocks and invaded by other types of rock, including granite and basalt. These softer rocks were eroded by the sea and the four largest stacks from left to right are The Bishop, Gull Rock, Asparagus Island and Steeple Rock.
It was thought that Asparagus Island, which is cut off on almost every high tide, was connected to the mainland by a sand tombolo. The winter storms washed the sand away to reveal a rocky ridge, probably formed more than 100,000 years ago when sea levels were higher.
At about half-tide a snorting can be heard – the sound of the Devil’s bellows a blowhole on Asparagus Island which was caused by the sea tunnelling along a fault. A second blowhole, the Post Office is so named because there is enough suction to post a letter in it![12