Start Point, Devon

No. 51 of 51 (PAJ2051 - PAJ2101): inscribed by the artist on the album page, 'Start Point, Devon 8/70'. Here seen in the distance from the the north-east across Start Bay, 'the Start' - as it was generally known to seamen - is the southernmost point of Devon, at the widest part of the English south-western peninsula. It is a prominent landfall and point of departure when entering or leaving the English Channel and by 1836 had seen so many wrecks in the surrounding area that a lighthouse was built on it, which is the distant tower visible here. The coast to the north-east is very rocky and this rather conventionally composed scene of fisherfolk and a boat on a sandy foreshore may be from as far north as Slapton.

This drawing is one of only two European scenes, both right at the end of Butt's Japan and China album. It was done after his return from the East in the spring of 1870, and before he received his next posting in May 1871.

Object Details

ID: PAJ2101
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butt, James Henry
Date made: August 1870
People: Butt, James Henry
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 134 x 215 mm
Parts: Album of topographical views, mainly on the coasts of Japan, China and Formosa (Taiwan) (Album)

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