Towan Head from the Tea Caverns by Tracey Dyke Hart
Waterrcolour on Paper
New Frame and Mount
Ready to Hang
Overall Frame Size 504 mm by 346 mm
Image Size 352 mm by 368 mm
Born 1870 The Lizard, Cornwall. Died 1930 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tracey, the 5th Son of his Father Thomas Hart, the eminent Cornish Artist. Taught by his father and traveled with him to Exhibitions in England and Wales. Painted scenes in Odda Norway. Sold his work from an early age.
Lived for some time in the Hotel in Mullion, Cornwall, painting scenes from around The Lizard.including this watercolour Towan Head from the Tea Caverns by Tracey Dyke Hart
Moved to Newquay Cornwall and painted a large volume of work on the North coast of Cornwall.
In 1910 he Emigrated to Canada Via New York. He Died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1930
By the 15th century, a village referred to as “Keye” existed around the present harbour, near “Tewynblustri” (the spelling changed as Cornish evolved and is now rendered as “Towan Blystra”). “Towan” (or Tewynn) means dune or sand hill in Cornish, but the meaning of “blustri” or “blystra” is unknown. Some sources have suggested in the past that it meant boats, but this claim is not supported by modern authorities and is dismissed by Padel in his dictionary of Cornish place names.
The name Towan Blystra, although often quoted as the Cornish equivalent of Newquay, was actually the name of a separate settlement some 200m away from the harbour. There is no record of ‘Newquay’ as a name ever being rendered in Cornish. The anchorage was exposed to winds from the north east and in 1439 the local burgesses applied to Edmund Lacey, Bishop of Exeter for leave and funds raised through the mechanism of an indulgence, to build a “New quay” from which the town derives its name. The new quay itself did not appear until the early 17th century.