FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Clovelly, Devon, England"
Medium: Original Watercolor
Paper Size: 21.5" x 14.75"
Clovelly is a small village in the Torridge district of Devon, England. It has a harbour and is a tourist attraction notable for
its steep pedestrianized cobbled main street, donkeys and views over the Bristol Channel. At the 2011 census, the parish
population was 443, which was 50 fewer than ten years previously. The ward of Clovelly Bay includes the island of Lundy.
Alfred Leyman (27 September 1856 – 1933) was a Devon born watercolour artist whose works covered many aspects of late
19th century/ early 20th century Devonion rural life. He was born in Exeter, Devon, England, the only son of John Francis,
an artist and later a photographer, and Mary Ann Leyman. He spent much of his early life in Exeter which is where he later
met, and married his wife Kate Gauntlett in 1887.
Leyman moved to Honiton in about 1888 and went on to become a teacher of art at Allhallows School, Honiton in 1893, a
position he held until his death.
Leyman did not nationally exhibit his work but did show his paintings locally, at the Annual Devon and Exeter Exhibition
held at Elands Art Gallery in 1906 he displayed 16 of his pictures. He concentrated on land and seascapes but was known to
have drafted portraits as well as many other scenes from Devonian life as well as a few rare examples of scenery from Dorset
and Somerset. He and his wife Kate had one child called Mary who was born in Honiton in 1887. Leyman died in Honiton in
1933 aged 76. His daughter Mary never married and continued to live at the family home until her death in 1963.