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China Clay – South Devon

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)


Signed twice
Inscribed with title on reverse

Watercolour with bodycolour

9 x 13 ½ inches

'Cecil Arthur Hunt VPRWS RBA', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October 1996, no 27;
'Recording Britain: The Twentieth Century Landscape', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, February 2008, no 81;
'Chris Beetles Summer Show 2024', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, June-September 2024, no 103

Lee Moor is in the south west corner of Dartmoor, only 25 miles from Hunt’s home in Manaton. His sketchbooks (sb13-42, 1924-1956) are full of drawings of the surreal luminous whites of the quarry which Hunt enjoyed placing against the natural backdrop of the Dartmoor hills.

Lee Moor china clay (kaolin) quarry, covers an area of over 4 square miles, it began production in 1830 and continues today, exporting over 80% of its production worldwide. Formed by the decomposition of granite, Kaolin is used in a wide range of products from Coca Cola cans and tennis balls to pipes and even the white lines on roads.

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