The picturesque, ancient, fishing village of Clovelly is uniquely special and was once owned by the Queen of England.  From Elizabethan days until today, Clovelly has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere. 

Clinging to a 400 foot cliff, it has no vehicular traffic, just donkeys and sledges. Its steep, cobbled street tumbles its way down to the ancient fishing harbour and C14th quay. It is a descent through flower-strewn cottages broken only by little passageways and winding lanes that lead off to offer the prospect of further picturesque treasures. 

Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly was renowned for its herring and mackerel and, although fishing has declined, it is still very much a part of village life. Clovelly is also today famous for its lobsters (and crabs), which are sent away as far afield as France and Spain. In past centuries, the coastline was occupied with smuggling, wrecking and piracy and was notorious for shipwrecks, so since 1870, Clovelly has also had its very own lifeboat.

This piece is part of my line and guild collection of our favourite towns, village and beaches in Devon, Dorset and Cornwall.I used a black ballpoint pen to draw the lines and gold leaf to emphasise the two beaches.


‘CLOVELLY HARBOUR’ Original Ballpoint Pen & Gold Leaf Artwork.

  • Matthew J. Kavanagh, 'Clovelly Harbour'

    Ballpoint Pen & Schlag Gold Leaf on board.

    Edition: 1 of 1

    Dimensions: 103 x 73cm (Framed).

    Made in Italy from solid wood, the picture frame is a clean-lined, contemporary design that can be hung portrait or landscape. The frame has a matt finish and is available in a black or white. The frame sits 1.5cm from the wall and the width of the frame is 2cm. 

    • For photo size: 70 X 100cm/28 X 39inch. 
    • Size H103, W73, D1.5cm. 
    • Wall mounted. 
    • Wood frame. 

    Hand signed.

    For any enquiries about my original artwork please contact me.