The 'Rising Sun' Kingsdown. 1922. Etching. Hardie 361. 4 1/4 x 5 7/8 (sheet 6 1/4 x 7 7/8). No published edition. Printed on cream laid paper with a partial armorial watermark. Signed in pencil. $250.
Hardie writes, p. 59: "The Inn, with its sign-board showing againsta tree, is on the right; cliffs on the left; and, in between, distant tents on the flat meadows leading out to the sea."
Kingsdown is a village immediately to the south of Walmer, itself south of Deal, on the English Channel coast of Kent. Parts of the village are built on or behind the shingle beach that runs north to Deal and beyond, while other parts are on the cliffs and hills inland. The main road through the village is the steep hill of Upper Street, on which are located The Black Pig butcher shop and delicatessen, a hairdresser, a newsagent/general store, and a post office, as well as the village hall and vicarage. The village has three pubs: The Kings Head on Upper Street, The Rising Sun at the foot of the cliff, and the Zetland Arms on the beach.
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