The Pandora


One of Shirley’s favourite kayak launch sites is Loe Beach on the western shore of Carrick Roads – that broad expanse of water where sea and river meet with Falmouth to the south and the River Fal to the north. From Loe Beach there are two wonderful watering holes, both accessible from land or water: to the north, just past the King Harry Ferry, is the Smugglers Cottage pub with absolutely delicious food (and the beer is pretty good as well); to the south is Restronguet Creek, just inside which is situated the famous Pandora Inn. Whether you are looking for a gastronomic feast, or just a pleasant drink in the sunshine, this is the place for you. If you wish, after mooring your boat, take a table on the pontoon – imbibe a glass or two, and let the world pass you by.

In 1791 HMS Pandora, after having captured mutineers from Captain Bligh’s Bounty in Tahiti, struck the Great Barrier Reef and sunk with the loss of many crew and mutineers. Captain Edwards of the Pandora survived and is said to have bought the inn and re-named it Pandora.

Those of you who are familiar with The Pandora will notice that the pontoon does not feature in this painting – likewise the right hand side of the building! However, the characteristic features of this thatched cottage mean that it is still instantly recognisable snuggled in amongst the bushes. There is a lovely contrast of colours with the very warm tones of the building against the fresh blues of the sky and water. A discreet boat lies on the shoreline which leads your eye into the painting.

This high quality giclee print is mounted (mount size 50.8 x 40.6cm) and will fit a standard readymade 20″ x 16″ frame.

Artist: Shirley Netherton

Product Reference No: A-3520

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Dimensions 35.7 x 25.5 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

Shirley Netherton

I am a Cornish artist who has spent many years developing my unique style of painting with acrylics so that today my work is instantly recognisable. I feel lucky that the hobbies which I enjoy in my free time contribute towards my intense enthusiasm for painting. The photographs I take whilst walking and kayaking become the reference material for my work. I am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful county, surrounded by the sea with so many inland waterways - truly inspirational.

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