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10,046.  Ancient and mysterious.  Romantic and remote.  Cornwall stands at the very edge of our world.  Yet it exerts a magnetic pull on our imaginations.  Coincidence, curiosity and crisis drew a string of great artists to this remote region.  Responding to each other and the dramatic landscape they went on to produce some of the most exhilarating art of the twentieth century.  (Art & Cornwall)  Dr James Fox, The Art of Cornwall

 

10,047.  A small fishing village was briefly transformed into an international centre of modern art.  And that fishing village was St Ives.  (Art & Cornwall)  ibid.

 

10,048.  A wave of young artists now poured into St Ives.  (Art & Cornwall)  ibid

 

10,049.  Terry [Frost] may have been on to something, but he still wasn’t earning a living as a painter.  In 1951 Ben intervened and got him a part-time job as an assistant to Barbara Hepworth.  She was not by all accounts an easy employer.  (Art & Cornwall)  ibid.

 

10,050. The arrival of Tate St Ives in 1994 has helped to encourage contemporary art and reaffirm the reputations of these past masters.  (Art & Cornwall)  ibid.

 

10,060.  The achievements of the St Ives colony look grossly undervalued.  In our consumer world their art remains unfashionable.  But I marvel at their bravery, dedication and the sheer range and quality of work that spanned more than half a century.  It is their passion for Nature, their defiant radicalism, and more than anything their unyielding optimism that defines the art of Cornwall as a high water mark in twentieth century art.  (Art & Cornwall)  ibid. 

 

 

68,538.  A child did approach me in a restaurant in Cornwall, but he thought I was Gandalf.  Michael Gambon

 

 

68,539.  The golden and unpeopled bays

The shadowy cliffs and sheep-worn ways

The white unpopulated surf

The thyme-and-mushroom scented surf

The slate-hung farms, the oil-lit chapels

Thin elms and lemon-coloured apples.  John Betjeman, Delectable Duchy 1974

 

 

68,540.  Cornwall, and the storm-tossed isle

Where to the sky the rude sea rarely smiles

Unless in treacherous wrath.  Percy Bysshe Shelley, letter 1820

 

 

68,541.  Cornwall is very primeval: great, black, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, and a pale sea breaking in, like dawn.  It is like the beginning of the world, wonderful.  D H Lawrence, letter 1916

 

 

121,165.  One of the most mysterious and misunderstood periods in British history.  For 200 years after the Romans left our islands in 410 AD our country was plunged into what became known as the Dark Ages.  The turmoil transformed the nation.  But we know almost nothing about it.  The legends tell of a lawless land, warring tribes and a legendary leader  King Arthur.  (Arthur & Dark Ages & Cornwall)  Alice Roberts, King Arthur’s Britain: The Truth Unearthed, BBC 2018   

 

121,166.  Evidence that up on the top of Tintagel there was not just a settlement during the Dark Ages but a seat of power.  (Arthur & Dark Ages & Cornwall)  ibid.  

 

121,167.  Geoffrey of Monmouth: Arthur’s sword is a weapon of mass destruction.  (Arthur & Dark Ages & Cornwall)  ibid.  

 

121,168.  This was certainly not a backwater.  (Arthur & Dark Ages & Cornwall)  ibid.