JERSEY Post Cards

A number of Paine’s works were issued as post cards during the 1950’s.   The original for ‘Jersey born and bred’ was in acrylic.   The breakwater extending from left to right is a familiar Paine compositional device.   Other examples include ‘Tramore Cove’ and ‘Geoffrey’s Leap’.

Jersey Born and Bred - post card Cow

The scene is loosely based on St Catherine’s Breakwater, but the background coastline is misleading.   France is 15 miles away, and the rocks in between, the Ecrehous reef, are seven miles off-shore.  The lighthouse looks overlarge for the tiny metal tower that once stood there, long since replaced by something more modern.

The cow is recognizably a Jersey but with exaggerated features.   The tradition was to peg a cow in a field to restrict grazing, as over-rich grass could cause problems.   The animal shown is obviously young with tiny horns and so unlikely to have been pegged out.

One would not see waves rolling in as shown, except in violent storms, and whilst it is a popular place for sailing, there is no beach to run ashore on.   The stylised farm buildings could be shown in pink granite, but that is not the rock used for the breakwater which is made of a grey conglomerate, quarried very locally.   The rock-face on the left represents the cliff from which some of the stone was cut – and which remains alongside the road.  Below it the rows of plants with sticks could be tomatoes which used to be cultivated outdoors – but not alongside this seashore.

The buildings do not exist as shown but are rather a symbolic representation of local architecture of the 19th century as in the arched entrance to the barn.   The very strange chimney is meant to show jutting stones which were traditionally used on chimney stacks to stop rain getting in to a thatched roof.   The technique continued with slates.  The circular structure is a cider apple-crusher, the mill-stone pulled around by a horse, and the pulp transferred to a large press, weighed down with a heavy wooden beam, this second process taking place inside the building.   We may imagine that the artist worked from photographs to create a composite of the various things shown, perhaps tinged with a rose-tinted memory.

(The foregoing description courtesy of the Jersey Historical Society)

Study for 'Jersey born and bred' post card  Study for 'Jersey born and bred' post card 2  Study for 'Jersey born and bred' post card 3 Pencil studies for ‘Jersey born and bred’

Jersey Cow Paine stylisedThis stylised Jersey cow is of unknown date and purpose.   Possibly for an advertisement.

At least five of Paine’s watercolours were included in the post card series.

Jersey post card seriea CP - Entrance to the main gate Mont Orgueil castleGatehouse, Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey

Jersey post card series Paine Queen Elizabeth Gate, Mt. Orgeuil CastleQueen Elizabeth Gate, Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey

Jersey post card series CP - S. Mary'sCrypt c.12th century, Mt. Orgueil CastleSt. Mary’s Crypt, Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey

Jersey post card series CP - Gorey pier and lighthouseGorey Pier

Jersey post card series CP - Geffroi's Leap and S. Catherine's BreakwaterGeoffrey’s Leap and St. Catherine’s Breakwater




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JERSEY Watercolours

Joan Paine said that Paine regarded himself as primarily a watercolourist and it seems that was the genre he most enjoyed.   In 1948 Teuila wrote, “How I wish I could see your water colours of Ireland!”   Tramore Cove (County Waterford) was exhibited at the Royal Academy (1037) in 1959, displayed on an easel on the main staircase.     It was priced at 50 guineas and remained unsold.


Tramore Cove, County Waterford

Paine’s need to earn a living by teaching and producing commercial art resulted in a small body of such work.   When he was more at leisure in Jersey he painted a series of watercolours that were issued as post cards, several of them of Mount Orgueil Castle at Gorey.

St. Mary's Crypt Gorey Castle 13 x 10 insSt. Mary’s Crypt, Gorey Castle

Gorey Castle GateGorey Castle Gate

Gorey Castle GatehouseQueen Elizabeth Gate, Gorey Castle

A Gorey PierGorey Pier

Anne Port Jersey PaineGeoffrey’s Leap and St. Catherine’s Breakwater

Paine titled this painting ‘Anne Port’.

Auray, France, watercolour Paine 1944Auray, Brittany, dated 1944

Auray is inland from the south coast of Brittany roughly half way between Brest and Nantes.   It seems very unlikely that Paine would have been able to go there in 1944.   For most of that year Brittany was under German occupation.

Boat yard Watercolour Jersey 1950's.Jersey Boat Yard 1950’s

Members of the Jersey Historical Society tried to locate the yard and suggested that it shows ‘the boat privately built [as a retirement project] by Commander [Norman] Hall RNVR.   He lived initially above St. Aubin but later … at St. Ouen.’   Paine may well have known him.

Fisherman's house July 1959 PaineFisherman’s Cottage July 1959

Location unknown, possibly at Trinity.   It is a typical building of its type.

Jersey Farm Watercollour sketch PaineJersey Farm (watercolour sketch)

Jersey View Watercolour sketch PaineJersey View

Boat in dock possibly 'Sorcini'Possibly ‘Sorcini’

Anna Paine owned a boat called ‘Sorcini’ which may be the one depicted here.   The initial ‘J’ on the boat is part of the registration, and would be followed by a number – used on all registered fishing boats.  The boat is definitely in Jersey, probably at Gorey, as the Island is subject to one of the greatest tidal ranges in the world – 38′ or 12 metres.   So the ‘legs’ that are shown had to be fitted on when the boat was in harbour to prop it up, sitting on the sand, as the tide ebbed.   (Information courtesy of the Jersey Historical Society)


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In 1948 or shortly before, Paine’s wife, Anna, bought a house in Jersey – No. 7 Gorey Pier. They were to spend the rest of their lives in Jersey.

-Projection: Equirectangular (2)
FOV: 151 x 85
Ev: 13.49

Mt. Orgueil Castle overlooking Gorey harbour and pier

The house, situated directly below 13th century Mt. Orgueil Castle, was haunted.   The neighbours heard noises in the house when it was empty and thought there were squatters.   One night Paine’s room was filled with blue light.   Another time he was smoking by his bedroom window when he saw a Crusader in chain mail standing just inside the door.   The apparition went out sideways.   He drew it but the sketch seems, appropriately enough, to have disappeared.   A friend staying at the house asked if there was a ghost – not something they advertised in advance.   Paine said he followed the grey shape of a man downstairs into the sitting room where it vanished.   Others heard a door banging at night.   There were footsteps and smells of burning and cooking.   It is easy to be sceptical but the independent testimony of many people suggests that No. 7 was indeed haunted.   This was, no doubt, a factor in Paine’s move to La Guerdainerie Cottage, Trinity, after his third marriage in 1962.   The cottage was attached to The Old Mint where Charles II had produced his own money and nearly ruined the local economy.

Along the pier landwards from No. 7 stands the Moorings Hotel where Paine spent many convivial evenings.   He designed a menu and letter head.

Moorings Hotel note paper with reflected sailing boat design (2)

When Anna died in 1960, Paine was very hard hit.   His health deteriorated and in June 1962 he was admitted to the private wing if St. Helier hospital suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and dermatitis.   There he met the sister in charge, Joan Bolshaw.   They were married on the 18th of the following October at Holy Trinity Church, Horwich, near Bolton in Lancashire.

  Jane and Charles Paine c. 1965

Joan and Charles Paine c.1965  

Shortly afterwards they moved to La Guerdainerie Cottage.   At La Guerdainerie Paine had a studio with a north facing light over the garage.   After five short years of happy marriage he died of bone cancer in 1967.

His friend and neighbour, Desmond Rexworthy wrote of him, ‘Charles Paine . . . was a child of God, a man whose humour and convivial conversation overlay an unusually fine sensibility and sensitivity.   . . .  To be his friend was an experience of depth;  for the few his passing leaves a sore lack which can only be compensated by the love of God.   For the many, his art survives, although he eschewed exhibition and publicity during his life.’   (Jersey Evening Post, 10th July 1967)




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Applied dynamics

Paine employed a method of composition he called ‘applied dynamics’.   Among his papers was a folder titled ‘Applied Dynamics Compositions’ which contained analyses of two paintings:  Adoration de l’Enfant Jésus by Signorelli and Le Crucifiement by Raphael.

Applied Dynamic analyses (3)

Applied Dynamic analyses (2)

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Applied Dynamic analyses (4)

I have been unable to find any other reference to ‘applied dynamics’ in relation to art.

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THE ECREHOUS: Paine’s last work

The Ecrehous 1965-1967 – gouache on board.

Shortly after Paine’s death in 1967 the Jersey Evening Post published (10th July) a tribute by Paine’s friend and neighbour, Desmond Rexworthy.   He wrote, ‘During the last two years in his studio at La Guerdainerie, he was working on a study of sky and tide at the Ecréhous* which was to be a sublimation of his technique of dynamic synthesis.   Inspiration was not visual alone – music provided the discipline for his composition.   The counter-currents at the turn of the tide about the rocks, the very structure of the skyscape, both were portrayed  over a synthesis of geometric construction of infinite variation based upon the recurrent relationships of the Bach fugue.’

Paine said that even if unfinished the Ecréhous would still be a picture worthy of display.   It is particularly interesting in that it shows the complex geometric underpinning of his work.   He spent a long time trying to make the sea lie flat and said he couldn’t get it right.  When Harold Hards, the son of his neighbours at Welwyn, visited him and saw this work in progress the artist described it to him as ‘the achievement of a lifetime’.

The painting was slightly damaged on the left side during a house move.   It is now in a private collection in France.

* The Écréhous are a group of islands and rocks situated six miles (9.6 km) north-east of Jersey, and eight miles (12.8 km) from France.   They form part of the Bailiwick of Jersey and are administratively part of the Parish of St. Martin. All but the three largest are submerged at high tide. There are no permanent residents on the islands and there is no fresh water there.   Due to erosion, they are now much smaller than they may have been within historic times.   Maîtr’Île, the largest of the islets, is about 300 metres (0.19 mi) long.   There are a small number of fishermen’s huts, some used as holiday residences, on the largest islets, and one official building, a customs house, on La Marmotchiéthe.

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Colliery 1920s - Paine

Paine produced this image in the 1920s.   The author of the ‘Modern Printmakers’ website tells us that this colliery scene takes the schematic approach of the colour woodcuts of Edward Loxton Knight.   It is a good example of Paine’s versatility, his ability to adapt his style to the requirements of the work in hand.

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COMMERCIAL Tetlow Whiskey and Rum


1 Long Splice Rum - Paine     2 Stag Rex Scotch Whiskey - Paine

3 Stag Rex Whiskey - Paine                             Undated

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1 Roche Products - PaineUndated

2 Roche Products - Paine    3 ROP Extra - PaineUndated

4 Roche in War-Time - PaineUndated

Roche in Wartime booklet.

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COMMERCIAL Miscellaneous

1 Langton Jeweller - Paine     2 Cable Indentification Tape 1941 - Paine Undated                                                 1941

3 Colex Shorthand typing Duplicating - Paine      4 Eno's Fruit Salt - Who's Who! - PaineUndated                                                                  Undated

5 du Maurier Cigaretts - Paine  6 Diana Abbot - PaineUndated                                                          After 1948



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1 K Shoes - Paine

2 K Shoes - Paine      3 K Shoes - PaineUndated

Underneath the last ad. Paine has written, ‘Have advertised every well known quality shoe K, Lotus, Delta, Church’s etc.’

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