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Monday, 16 May 2011

J.C. Young Pembrokeshire Standing Stones Paintings

Cerrig-y-Derwyddion Standing Stone, Eglwyswrw, NPRN: 304049
The collection of paintings recording the standing stones of Pembrokeshire was created by artist J.C. Young over a three year period from 1981 to 1984, using a list of sites published in the Pembrokeshire Historian in 1966. Each of the 53 stones was visited by her in the field and meticulously recorded in the context of the surrounding landscape – an arduous undertaking, which often involved hours of searching and trekking to isolated locations. In addition to producing the paintings, Mrs Young also created a set of notes for each stone, recording any known history and folklore collected through documentary research and conversations with the landowners.

Each original painting is in oil on board and measures 5” x 8”. As well as documenting the stones themselves, they sometimes include delightful details of flora and fauna in addition to the surrounding landscape settings, often in dramatic conditions of weather and light. Whilst forming a charming and attractive collection of images, the paintings also constitute an important pictorial document of a significant site type for which the NMRW has few visual records. The artist’s eye has also captured detail and context which photographic recording would fail to pick up.

As the originals are due for exhibition and sale at Picton Castle from 5th August, 2011, Mrs Young has kindly allowed the National Monuments Record to digitally copy the paintings for their public archive. It is hoped that the paintings are sold as an entire collection, as it is highly desirable to maintain the integrity of such a body of work. However, should the collection be broken up the NMRW is pleased to preserve at least a virtual complete set of the paintings and make them accessible to the public.

Parc-y-Garreg Standing Stone, Pen Cnwc, NPRN: 413137
Cerrig-y-Derwyddion Standing Stone, Eglwyswrw, NPRN: 304049
Harold Stone, Haroldstone, NPRN: 305339
Llanfrynach Standing Stone, NPRN: 304109
Galchen Fach Stone, Maenclochog, NPRN: 304453
Cornel Bach Stone Pair, Maenclochog, NPRN: 304454
Ty Newydd Standing Stone, Mathry, NPRN: 305214
Waun Lwyd Stone Pair, Mynachlog Ddu, NPRN: 304054
Trefais Standing Stone, Moelygrove, NPRN: 304089
Pen Parke Standing Stone, Brynawel, NPRN: 413138
Carreg Coitan Arthur Standing Stone, Puncheston, NPRN: 304361
Fagwr Fran Standing Stone, Puncheston, NPRN: 304362
Maen Dewi Standing Stone, St David’s, NPRN: 305373
Harold Stone Standing Stone, Skomer Island, NPRN: 305372

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Mike J said...

Could not the entire collection of paintings and the associated notes be published in book form?
Publication via paper, digital media, or both, would help the collection reach a wider audience.

Vanya said...

These paintings are so numinous.. and to have access to the notes she gathered would help the rich traditions belonging to local landscapes to be shared for future generations.. so much is being lost now...

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