Handmade linocut print
Dimensions: 29.7cm by 21cm
Printed on recycled paper using Caligo oil-based relief ink
"Twas no great beauty" Forming part of a series of prints inspired by the local Dorset coastal history of West Bay and the surrounding areas, this linocut print explores the sighting of a mermaid thrown up by the sea on Chesil Beach in June of 1757.
This creature washed ashore in the 1700s was described as 'no great beauty'. Accounts of this mermaid sighting appear in many authenticated records, and is now widely believed to be a manatee or sea-cow.
This is Prints by the Bay's take on the ancient sailor's sighting, with stormy seas, Chesil pebbles, beautiful mermaids, and pretty sea cows.