A picture made using coloured sands collected from Alum Bay, Isle of Wight.
The picture features Little Jane’s cottage in Brading, Isle of Wight, and was made in 1854. Apart from the sky, which is in watercolour, the whole picture is made from sand.
Alum Bay sand pictures were unique souvenirs from the Isle of Wight. In about 1839 a small group of local artists set up a centre at Newport for the production of the pictures. They featured local beauty spots, sea views, historic houses and local churches. Pictures of places featured in Legh Richmond’s Christian tract ‘Annals of the Poor’ were also popular topics, as they had become tourist attractions. Little Jane’s cottage is one of those places.
Little Jane was one of Legh Richmond’s parishioners when he was vicar on the Isle of Wight. She was a young girl who had a strong Christian faith, and died at the age of 15 from consumption. Her faith and spiritual understanding impressed Legh Richmond, and he wrote about her in his ‘Annals of the Poor’.
There are 21 recognised shades of coloured sands still collected from Alum Bay.
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