COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
RYE
Limited edition etchings

RYE
Rye is a small hill top town in East Sussex, UK, on the River Rother, and at the western edge of Romney Marsh. Notable buildings in the town include St Mary's church, the Ypres Tower, Lamb House, The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Street, Watchbell Street, and Church Square.

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These items, available from Amazon are some of those I have personally owned and can recommend. Around Rye in Old Photographs is one of the first books I bought when moving to Rye and almost every house in Rye has a copy - as almost every house in Rye is in it!
An Ordinance Survey map is essential for any visit to Rye - walk 15 minutes in any direction and you will be on a footpath and fields full of sheep.
Anyone familiar with the Mapp and Lucia books by EH Benson (who lived in the town) will know that “Tilling” is actually Rye! This set of DVDs with Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne was filmed in Rye and features many local landmarks
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Snow covered fields on the walk past Camber Castle to Winchelsea beach from Rye. Etching by Colin Bailey
WINTER FIELDS NEAR RYE
Original Etching
WINTER FIELDS NEAR RYE
Snow covered fields on the walk past Camber Castle to Winchelsea beach from Rye.
Limited edition etching
Unframed £75
Etching: (9” x 6”) edition of 50
Unframed: £75
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With its population of about 4500 Rye, which has remained constant since Tudor times has a small, close knit community. Its isolation on the edge of the Romney Marsh and its proximity to London has led to it being a favourite retreat amongst artist and writers:
Rye has attracted many literary figures including Henry James, Conrad Aitken, Joseph Conrad, H G Wells, G K Chesterton, whereas others like John Ryan, Malcolm Saville and Monica Edwards have dreamt up popular stories such as the swashbuckling adventures of Captain Pugwash.  One of Rye's most famous and best loved authors is probably E F Benson, a one time Mayor of Rye, and writer of the Mapp and Lucia series of books whose fictional town of Tilling was based on Rye.
Artists like Paul Nash and Edward Burra lived in Rye which, together with the surrounding coastline, has been painted by artists such as Van Dyck, Whistler, the Pre-Raphaelites and John Piper.