Christopher Kovacs - Fine Art
June 25, 2024   1:40 pm NL Time

Iceberg in Elliston

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Iceberg in Elliston


Status of Original Painting – Sold

All prices are in Canadian dollars

Size: 14 x 20  inches

Price: $ 500

Medium: Watercolour on 300 lb Arches


This iceberg towers off the shore of Elliston, a fishing community (population ~300) near the top of the Bonavista Peninsula in Newfoundland. Founded in the late 1700s, it was originally called Bird Island Cove, for the two small islands at the cove’s entrance that are home to puffins and other species. The community was renamed Elliston in 1902 to honour Reverend William Ellis, the first Methodist missionary to the area. The community declared itself the Root Cellar Capital of the World for the 135 root cellars found there.

The rusted equipment to the right is a manual Double Gear Crab Winch, used in the fishing industry for hauling from the shore. The markings on the wheel indicate that it was manufactured by the United Nail and Foundry Company (U. N. F.) in St. John’s, NFLD. The company existed between 1930 and 1979, which means that this particular winch is at least 40 and more likely 60 or more years old.

My thanks to Debbie Harnum who provided the reference photos that I used to compose this painting.

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