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Dragons, nogging and byres; Manor de Querville in the heart of the Pays d’Auge

Deep in the soft countryside of the Pays d’Auge, at the end of a quiet lane, stands Manoir de Querville. Looking through the arch (Querville is a private residence) we spy the building in our postcard.  Fancy brick and stone topped with a timber frame. A grand home that has been reworked over the centuries,…

Raoul Dufy, Honfleur and the girl in the red dress

Three years after this card was posted in 1926, artist Raoul Dufy saw a little girl running along the Honfleur jetty in a red dress. As her dress flipped and swirled with each speedy step, Raoul had a moment of artistic clarity.  He would later recall how this patch of colour had ‘stayed longer on his retina than the…

Exploring the manor houses of Calvados, in 1937 – photo post!

During 1937, just before the outbreak of  WW2, the Touring Club of France went on an expedition to see the beautiful manor houses of Calvados, in Normandy. Happily for us they took a camera and recorded these grand old houses, including at least one that has now been lost forever. Lets join the Club on their…

When Degas visited Normandy – midweek picture post

Edgar Degas frequently visited Normandy with friends.  In 1869 he drew in pastel a handful of small landscapes of the coast. They are signed, which  suggests they had meaning and importance to the artist, who frequently did not sign his ‘lesser’ works. Here are a selection of those drawings.  It’s not known if they were…

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