SHORT, Frank

‘Winchelsea Marshes’ by Frank Short



Frank Short etching with drypoint, is a proof plate etched circa 1910.Signed in pencil by the artist and printed on hand made laid paper. In excellent condition.

Plate size 109 x 163 mm  (4.5 x 10.5 inches approx)

Sheet size 183 x 140mm  (7.35 x 13.5 inches approx)

Winchelsea marshes are located where the High Weald  meets Romney Marsh, an area of outstanding natural beauty, between Kent & Sussex. The marshes are near the ancient town of Winchelsea, which is just two miles to Rye. Winchelsea & Rye are part of  the Cinque Ports (pronounced ‘Sink’ Ports), which were a confederation of five harbours, Sandwich, Romney, Dover, Hythe, and Hastings plus the two Ancient Towns of Rye & Winchelsea. These were grouped together, for defence purposes, by Edward the Confessor. But, the Great Storm of 1287 was the beginning of the end for many of the ports, it silted up harbours, blocked rivers, and submerged towns. Despite this, the Cinque Ports still retained their status and privileges.

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