Sunset with Golden Cap, Seatown, Dorset,
Signed and inscribed with title verso,
Oil on board,
10 x 12 inches
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A wonderful example of Sargy's plein air sketches which he describes so vividly,
"My parents lived in a cottage in Chideock in Dorset between Bridport and Lyme Regis. The nearest point on the coast was Seatown, about fifteen minutes walk from the cottage. To the east of the shingle bay was a headland and beyond but only sometimes visible, Portland Bill. To the West was Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast. Every evening I went down to Seatown to paint one or two little pictures, hopefully sunsets. Nothing teaches you to paint so fast as a sunset and I loved the joust"
Peter & Sargy Mann, 2008, Sargy Mann; Probably the Best Blind Painter in Peckham
With thanks to Peter Mann for kindly allowing the use of this quote.
Sargy Mann was born in Hythe, Kent in 1937. He studied at the Camberwell School of Art and then returned to the school as a lecturer from 1969-1988. He held a number of other academic and curatorial positions including, co-curator of the "Bonnard at le Bosquest" exhibition at the Hayward Gallery ( 1994) and Visiting lecturer at the Prince's Drawing School (1999-2008). He exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy, Royal College of Art and the Mall Galleries.
Sargy was diagnosed with cataracts at the age of 36 and ultimately lost his sight but continued to paint and exhibit to astonishing effect for the last 25 years of his life.
His obituary can be read here and further information on Sargy can be found at the sargymannarchive.com