Welsh folkart straw picture / Llun gwellt celf gwerin Gymreig Sold
A wonderful straw work and water colour picture depicting the Menai and Britannia bridges crossing the Menai Strait, which is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water that separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales. Similar straw work pictures are known, and they may have been made by patients at the Glan-y-don hospital in Colwyn Bay, as a form of occupational therapy.
North Wales circa 1880
A similar picture is illustrated in The Visual Culture of Wales: Industrial Society by Peter Lord, University of Wales press 1998 and in English Naive Painting 1750-1900, by James Ayres, Thames and Hudson, London and N.Y. 1981, and similar pictures are held in the collection of the Welsh National History Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff.
24″ h x 29″ w 61cm h x 73.7cm