Eastbourne East Promenade Pebble Beach
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‘Eastbourne East Promenade Pebble Beach’
This Eastbourne print shows a panorama of the promenade of this loved East Sussex seaside town. From the top of the Martello Tower the view reaches as far as Bexhill on Sea and beyond.
Panoramic format. Print size 124 x 30.5 cm approx. Signed print from a limited edition of 100. From original ink drawing to which I apply colour digitally. Printed on fine art paper using archival inks.
At the top of the Wishtower Slopes sits the Martello Tower with commanding views of the sea and the promenade. The first recognisable is the Eastbourne Bandstand,
The Bandstand was officially opened on the 5th August 1935 by the Lord Lieutenant of the county, Lord Leconfield with an audience of 8,000. The building had a cost of £28,000 to construct and included a stainless steel spire. Significantly behind you can see the Queens Hotel. As a matter of fact Eastbourne is the sunniest resort town on England’s southeast coast. This is the reason why the seafront is populated with many hotels.
Next and bridging into the sea the beautiful Eastbourne Pier. Notably Lord Edward Cavendish opened this Pier in 1870. Interestingly, the structure of the Pier consists of stilts that rest in cups on the sea bed. This particular engineering solution allows the pier to move in rough weather.
De la Warr Pavilion
As a curious fact you can just identify, right after the Eastbourne Pier, along the shore, the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea. I only came to this fact while I was drawing the base drawing for this print. By location geography I knew it was somewhere along the shore. I work from my own photographs, and it is only when I am at the studio magnifying these photographs and studying the details of the landscape that this information reveals itself.
In my print just a few lines demark the shape of its iconic curve glass staircase enclosure and the main body of the building. After all, this building designed by the architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff was the first modernist building in Britain.
This building is also the subject to one of my prints, you can see it here: ‘De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill on Sea Pebble Beach’
Two prints complete the picture
Moreover. You might be interested to see my complimentary view of Eastbourne. Namely a view that looks towards the West, hence its name ‘‘Eastbourne West Promenade Pebble Beach’.
Print collection Pebble Beach
This print belongs to a tonal collection that I have named ‘Pebble Beach’. Specifically the palette for this collection reflects the variation of colours and tones in the beach pebbles that can be found along the East Sussex Coast. In fact the pebbles are flint, a hard grey rock found in the chalk cliffs. Through natural erosion the flints are released from the cliffs and slowly make their way through to form the pebble beaches.
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