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Historical Paintings &

Drawings of the Village

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Bere Regis (1925) Watercolour by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Bere Regis (1925) Watercolour by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Old Manor Court (Hutchins History of Dorset, 1861)
This fine view is dated 1768, and is by the London-born topographical painter William Tomkins. Tomkins also painted occasional animal pictures and still-lives, but he is best known for being one of the first generation of English painters of the picturesque view. His style is a development of the earlier "bird's eye" view tradition of landscape painting, and uses a lower point of view where the emphasis is on strict topographical accuracy. His paintings are therefore of the utmost historical interest, and are seldom sullied by the "romanticisation" of the succeeding generation of English landscape painters who placed considerations of composition ahead of literal accuracy. Tomkins was an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but seems to have been itinerant throughout the whole British Isles. Paintings by him from places as far apart as Cornwall and the Highlands of Scotland were abundantly exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists, though he seems to have had a penchant for painting in the West Country. Numerous views of the area are known, including a view of Plympton (RA 1780) and a set of four views of Tapeley Park, all of which were with Lane Fine Art in the last five years. He seems to have been patronised by the highest levels of local society, and is recorded working for Lord Clifford (1772) Viscount Lisburne (1773) Joseph Parker at Saltram (1772, now National Trust), Sir Charles Kyme Tynte (1771) and Henry Luttrell at Dunster (1773) and many other major landowners. He emerges as one of the most favoured painters of landscapes and Gentlemen's Seats of the 18th century. Chamberlain's Mill was an early water driven mill of a type which existed in many English villages well into the nineteenth century, when they were gradually replaced by industrialised steam driven engines for grinding corn. It was located just outside the picturesque village of Bere Regis. A few working examples still exist, for instance, one at Mapledurham belonging to the Eyston family. The Chamberlain family, owners of this mill, were ancestors of the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
Chamberlain's Mill (1768) by William Tomkins ARA (1730-1792) Manor Court Farm (1786) by J B Knight Woodbury Hill Fort (1724 Engraving)
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here , or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis (1904) by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection Church Interior (1906) by by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Village from the East by unknown Artist © Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Church from the North East by unknown Artist (circa 1774) Bere Regis - the Kingsbere of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by EJ Maybery (1887 - 1964)
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here, or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis (1904) by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection
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Bere Regis from the H F V Johnstone Collection
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Bere Regis Church Turberville Window (1904), by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection
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Bere Regis Church Interior (1904), by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection A Byway near Bere Regis, by Frederick Pegram RI in 1923 Published as part of his book, 'The Hardy Country - literary Landmarks of the Wessex Novels'
© 2003, Bere Regis Village Website.

Historical Paintings &

Drawings of the Village

Bere Regis Village Website
Click / tap image for a larger view Click / tap yellow circle for a larger view All large images appear in a new tab
Bere Regis (1925) Watercolour by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Bere Regis (1925) Watercolour by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Old Manor Court (Hutchins History of Dorset, 1861)
This fine view is dated 1768, and is by the London-born topographical painter William Tomkins. Tomkins also painted occasional animal pictures and still-lives, but he is best known for being one of the first generation of English painters of the picturesque view. His style is a development of the earlier "bird's eye" view tradition of landscape painting, and uses a lower point of view where the emphasis is on strict topographical accuracy. His paintings are therefore of the utmost historical interest, and are seldom sullied by the "romanticisation" of the succeeding generation of English landscape painters who placed considerations of composition ahead of literal accuracy. Tomkins was an Associate of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but seems to have been itinerant throughout the whole British Isles. Paintings by him from places as far apart as Cornwall and the Highlands of Scotland were abundantly exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Artists, though he seems to have had a penchant for painting in the West Country. Numerous views of the area are known, including a view of Plympton (RA 1780) and a set of four views of Tapeley Park, all of which were with Lane Fine Art in the last five years. He seems to have been patronised by the highest levels of local society, and is recorded working for Lord Clifford (1772) Viscount Lisburne (1773) Joseph Parker at Saltram (1772, now National Trust), Sir Charles Kyme Tynte (1771) and Henry Luttrell at Dunster (1773) and many other major landowners. He emerges as one of the most favoured painters of landscapes and Gentlemen's Seats of the 18th century. Chamberlain's Mill was an early water driven mill of a type which existed in many English villages well into the nineteenth century, when they were gradually replaced by industrialised steam driven engines for grinding corn. It was located just outside the picturesque village of Bere Regis. A few working examples still exist, for instance, one at Mapledurham belonging to the Eyston family. The Chamberlain family, owners of this mill, were ancestors of the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
Chamberlain's Mill (1768) by William Tomkins ARA (1730-1792) Manor Court Farm (1786) by J B Knight Woodbury Hill Fort (1724 Engraving)
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here , or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis (1904) by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection Church Interior (1906) by by Walter Tyndale RI (1856 - 1943) Village from the East by unknown Artist © Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Church from the North East by unknown Artist (circa 1774) Bere Regis - the Kingsbere of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by EJ Maybery (1887 - 1964)
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here, or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis (1904) by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here, or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis from the H F V Johnstone Collection
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here, or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis Church Turberville Window (1904), by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection
This Drawing is Copyright of Dorset County Museum. The Museum is owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society (DNH&AS). Reproduction is strictly prohibited. Prints can be ordered from the Museum, by contacting them here, or on 01305 756 829
Bere Regis Church Interior (1904), by Charles George Harper, from the H F V Johnstone Collection A Byway near Bere Regis, by Frederick Pegram RI in 1923 Published as part of his book, 'The Hardy Country - literary Landmarks of the Wessex Novels'
© 2003, Bere Regis Village Website.