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Belle Tout from Went Hill

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I discovered this wonderful view walking out of East Dean with my son. When I returned to sketch it, I was joined by a flock of sheep- so they made it into the engraving too.

Belle tout has appeared in my engravings a couple of times already- it really is such a prominent landmark on this part of the Sussex coast. It was once the lighthouse that warned passing mariners of the shallows around Beachy Head. Rendered obsolete by regular low cloud, it has enjoyed a varied life since; from a target for practising artillery during the Second World War, a staring role in an 80's BBC drama, a private home- and now an incredibly unique B&B (one day I will be rich enough to enjoy a night there!). The light house is framed by one of the beautiful downland thorns that are sculpted by the harsh coastal winds.

As with all my prints everyone is individually printed by hand, direct form the block onto acid free hand made paper. Printed in an edition of 100, the lemon wood block measures 120mm x 85mm.

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