Image credit Fiona Crouch, Marine Biological Association of the UK
A page from the 1869 issue of the Annals and Magazine of Natural History showing Carter's illustrations to accompany one of his articles
So contributions to the Fairlynch exhibition by members of Budleigh Salterton’s Venture Art Group have been welcomed at the Museum, which of course is also an Arts Centre.
The sea naturally features in many of the paintings. Water is notoriously difficult to portray in art. Judge for yourselves how well the artists have risen to the challenge.
'Misty Morning' Julie Bingham
'Sunnny Day at the Sea' Teresa Creton
Favourite views familiar with coast path walkers feature in many of the landscapes like these three paintings of Ladram stacks by Jean Harmsworth, driftwood on Budleigh beach by Chris Stacey and the Otter marshes by Iris Ansell.
But some of the artists have chosen subjects further afield, like Audrey Holden's 'Sunset Isles of Scilly' or Sue Chapman's 'The Lighthouse', seen below.
Sheila Stacey's 'Seahorse & Sponges' was inspired by a photo taken by Singapore wildlife photographer Ria Tan. The sponge in the painting, Pseudoceratina purpurea, was first described by Henry Carter in 1880 and incidentally has been identified recently as a source of cancer-beating chemical compounds by a team at Imperial College London.
I think Budleigh Salterton's most celebrated scientist would be delighted with this painting and with all the others on display at the Museum.