overhead view; small rowboats in foreground next to five buildings--one circular building; three birds flying over roof, LLC; boats with salmon-colored sails in URQ on green water; jetty extending out into water with some people walking near end at top; sky/horizon line not in picture plane; shades of green, pink, brown, grey and black

The Jetty, Sennen Cove, 1921-1922

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Today Sennen Cove, at the southwestern tip of England, is popular with surfers. But in the early 1920s it was filled with boats, and the black roundhouse contained a winch for pulling them onto shore. (Today this building contains souvenirs, and the cottage with a thatch roof is a vacation rental.) John Platt used a separate block for each of the seven colors in this exquisite bird’s-eye view. He purposely chose a plank with curved grain to print the rounded green coastline, then further enhanced the curves with the direction of his brushstrokes while inking the printing block.

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Title
The Jetty, Sennen Cove
Artist Life
1886–1967
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.126.5
Provenance
Donald Fels, Fall City, Wash., by descent from his mother’s estate, until 2010; (Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Wash., 2010-2017), sold to Kinney; Marla J. Kinney, Minneapolis
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overhead view; small rowboats in foreground next to five buildings--one circular building; three birds flying over roof, LLC; boats with salmon-colored sails in URQ on green water; jetty extending out into water with some people walking near end at top; sky/horizon line not in picture plane; shades of green, pink, brown, grey and black