Status of Original Painting – For Sale
All prices are in Canadian dollars
Size: 13 x 20 inches
Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb d’Arches
This is a view of The Narrows, taken from the top of Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Narrows is the opening that leads into St. John’s harbour, which is where the small boat is headed. It’s between Fort Amherst which occupies much of the scene, and The Battery / Signal Hill, the foot of which is seen in the lower right. Contrast this with my earlier painting Lighthouse at Fort Amherst , which has a close-up view of Fort Amherst itself from the level of the water.
During World War II, both sides of The Narrows featured an extensive set of bunkers and gun emplacements to guard the harbour from U-Boats and other threats. The dilapidated WWII bunkers and the foundations of the old lighthouse of Fort Amherst are visible in this painting. A second lighthouse was built here in 1954 and it functions today with signal light and foghorn; a museum and tea house is also on the site.