Fairlynch and The Art Club combine resources to celebrate the launch of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' on loan from Tate Britain
During the Bank Holiday Monday of Budleigh's Gala Week, to mark the first day of the exhibition of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh', Sir John Everett Millais - or was it John Washington in whiskers - put in a special appearance by The Raleigh Wall where the original was painted.
With the the help of a pointing Genoese sailor looking remarkably like Nick Spears in red bloomers and accompanied by a variety of suitably attired children playing the young Walter and his half-brother Humphrey, the painting was recreated in front of the holiday visitors encouraging them to see the real thing over the road in Fairlynch Museum.
There were of course appearances by Sir Walter - actually two of them (with one on horseback) who addressed the onlookers with tales of history, his life, Queen Elizabeth 1 and his eventual execution at The Tower of London. Even his mother, Katherine Champernowne put in an appearance.
During a very hot and sunny afternoon a variety of costumed characters visited the spectacle and a goodly sum was raised to help support the finances required to display the painting throughout the summer.
If you didn't manage to come along during the day, do pay a visit to Fairlynch where
you'll have a rare opportunity throughout the summer to see this iconic example of
Pre-Raphaelite painting. And all done here by the beach in Budleigh Salterton.