Devon (including East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon, North Devon, Plymouth, South Hams Teignbridge,Torbay, Torridge and West Devon) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 1,134,000 and covers approximately 670,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset.
Devon is the only English county to have two separate coastlines, both of which are made up of high cliffs and sandy shores. Visitors are drawn to the county by attractions such as the Jurassic Coast and Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks. Popular tourist destinations are its ports and seaside resorts such as Torbay, whose sandy beaches and mild climate have led to it being called the English Riviera. The county town is the city of Exeter and another important city in the county is Plymouth, from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to establish an English colony in the now United States of America and where legend has it that Sir Francis Drake finished a game of bowls before engaging the Spanish Armada. The work of artist Beryl Cook portrayed life Plymouth and born in Plympton, the 18th century portrait painter Joshua Reynolds became the first President of the Royal Academy. Performing arts venues in Devon include the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay, The Flavel Arts Centre in Dartmouth, The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter, Theatre Royal Plymouth and The Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter houses exhibits of local historic interest as well as collections of textiles, natural history and art, including works by Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Barbara Hepworth and John Nash. The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford houses a wide range of exhibits, including paintings, photography, ceramics, furniture, coins and silverware, along with items reflecting the regions social history. Saltram House is a Georgian mansion built near Plymouth during the 18th century. The house is set among extensive parkland and its interiors were designed by the architect Robert Adam. The rooms retain many of their original furnishings, along with original plasterwork and collections of ceramics and paintings. Other attractions in Devon include Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Chambercombe Manor in Ilfracombe, Exeter Cathedral, Ilfracombe Museum, Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre in Lifton and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life.
(Born 1881 in Newton Abbott in Devon), Sculpture
John Angel was particularly known for his ecclesiastical sculptures. In 1919 he was elected to the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Perhaps his most best known work was the portrait of Sian Owen, who was in the congregation at Capel Salem in Pentre Gwynfryn. The paint is know simply by the name of Salem.
(Born 1855 in Devonport in Devon), Painting
He was a Cornish Fisherman, who became an artist after the death of his wife in 1922 when he began to paint. He was completely self taught and never had any lessons. The style of his paintings are known as naive art, where perspective is ignored and the scale of the object is based on its relative importance to the scene.
Emma was a writer in her own right. As well as being a suffrage supporter and marcher. She was the first wife of Thomas Hardy. Hardy wrote some of his best poetry after her death in 1912. Inspired by his remorse.
Emma met Thomas at her home at St Juliot. She was the unpaid companion to Reverend Caddell Holder and he was an architect writing a report about the local church.
(Born 1723 in Plympton in Devon), Painting
Reynolds was an 18th century English portrait painter, who helped to found the Royal Academy and was there first president. He painted in the grand manner, not copying his subjects exactly as they really were but reflected their nobility. You can see a number of his portraits in the Reynolds room at Knole in Kent.