Swanage Seen and Strata are happy to announce that the Swanage Seen Art Trail is taking shape. We now have four artist panels in place the first being, Denis Lowson, in Institute Road then Graham Sutherland in Durlston Castle. This week we have seen the completion of the Mark Gertler panel, it is placed on the terrace above the Albert Gardens. This site complements the painting with the paths in the garden and the angle of Ballard Down as it was painted from a private house close by. We are looking forward to an opening with Luke Gertler, the son of the artist.

 Walter Field, great great grandfather of Robert who runs the Field Honey Farms painted ‘Come unto these Yellw Sands’ in 1873. This painting was used by Southern Railways to promote the South Coast for health and pleasure. Very fitting since Swanage had a huge sand recharge and the beach is ever popular with families. Walter Field brought his family here for holidays by train to Wareham and then took a pony and trap to complete the journey to Swanage! His youngest son Authur, in the far left of the painting bought the Old Watch House on Peveril Point in 1927 and it is still in the family. We would like thank Robert Field and his family for providing the painting, portrait and biographical information on their talented relative. This panel is placed on Shore Road between the Tourist Information Centre and Fortes Ice Cream Parlour.

Carlotta Barrow