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This watercolour preparation study of  Port Isaac in Cornwall  is 29cm x 16cm signed, and mounted on acid-free card.

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About Port Isaac

Port Isaac is an ancient fishing village, and port on the North Coast of Cornwall, not far from Tintagel where King Arthur was supposed to have lived, if you accept the fact that in the UK, the legendary King Arthur seemed to have a greater property portfolio that Donald Trump.

Most of the centre of the village consists of 18th and 19th century buildings. 

These appear to have been built randomly across the landscape linked by a series of winding lanes and paths. As the village grew these dwellings slowly climbed the surrounding hills. It’s all rather beautiful.  

Port Isaac today

Today almost all the houses in this painting would be second homes or holiday rentals, and with house prices being what they are Port Isaac would now be classed as ‘exclusive’.

The majority of the original residents of the village have either moved on or live in the new builds at the top of the hill. There is still a modest fishing fleet though I’d say most of the locals work in the tourist industry.

Many of today’s tourists visit to see the location shots of the hit TV series Doc Martin as it was filmed in Port Isaac as the fictional village of Port Wenn It is also used for location shots for Poldark and of course the 2019 film ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ based on the local men’s sea shanty choir.  

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