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Watercolours of Normandy by Gordon C. Home – guest artist blogger

Our guest blogger is Gordon Cochrane Home.  An artist, traveller and writer, Gordon visited Normandy at the beginning of the 20th century.

This week Gordon is sharing illustrations of chateau Gaillard, Saint-Lô, Ouistreham, Domfront, Vire, Rouen and a Normandy farm. These paintings first appeared in his book ‘Normandy Illustrated, the Scenery & Romance Of Its Ancient Towns’ published in 1905.

The great western towers of the church of Notre Dame at Saint-Lô. They are of different dates, and differ in the arcading and other ornament.




Looking south from ramparts of the castle at Domfront. Down below can be seen the river Varennes, and to the left of the railway the little Norman Church of Notre-Dame-sur-l’Eau.


The clock gate, Vire


The cathedral at Rouen. Showing a peep of the Portail de la Calende, and some of the quaint houses of the oldest part of the City.


A typical Normandy farm. The curious little thatched mushroom above the cart is to be found in most of the Norman farms.

Find out more about Gordon in his guest post about a visit to Mont Saint-Michel in 1905.


Normandy Then and Now
Hello! Shamelessly obsessed with Normandy, we are discovering fascinating corners of this delightful region by following a bundle of bewitching vintage postcards. Led by these carte postale, unearthed in brocantes from Le Tréport to Cherbourg, Alençon to Vernon, our travels are uncovering lots of: - hidden histories - awesome art - brilliant brocante (vintage goodies) - amazing architecture - fantastic food and some salacious (if historic) scandal! One of the many attractions of Normandy are the wonderful flea market brocante sales and shops that let everyone bring little bits of Normandy home. We post regular updates on brocante markets in the region plus insider info on where to find the best brocante emporiums.

2 thoughts on “Watercolours of Normandy by Gordon C. Home – guest artist blogger

  1. Very interesting to note the kind of illustrated “travel books” our parents and grandparents relied upon.
    These extracts, and the illustrations remind me of a similar publication left to me by my father and dated 1905.. Simply titled Normandy by Nico Jungman and published by A&C Black. Nico Jungman was the Illustrator and the Text was written by G.E.Mitton. They have a charm not found in some of todays Guidebooks.

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