Artists reproduce Sir Walter’s childhood

PUBLISHED: 15:00 15 March 2015

Members of Budleigh Salterton Venture Art Group, recreating The Boyhood of Raleigh.

Members of Budleigh Salterton Venture Art Group, recreating The Boyhood of Raleigh.

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Members of a Budleigh art group have been hard at work on an unusual project, part of the preparations to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh.

The Budleigh Salterton Venture Art Group has been producing a copy of The Boyhood of Raleigh, a famous painting by Sir John Everett Millais which depicts Sir Walter in Budleigh. The original, part of the Tate Britain collection, has previously been exhibited at the town’s Fairlynch Museum to mark significant anniversaries.

The copy is due for completion in time for the opening of the museum’s Sir Walter Raleigh Room on April 4 this year. It’s all part of the build-up to 2018, the 400th anniversary of Raleigh’s death.

The art group started work on its copy from a postcard of the original painting, then converted it into a grid, allowing 20 members to work on different parts of the picture.

Club member Linda Barrack said: “It’s been a great experience. A lovely thing to do as a group.”


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