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Monday, May 09, 2011

MARK NORTH: The Weymouth Mermaid - help needed

In reference to Neil Arnold: Notes from Norfolk, with regards to pub signs with cryptozoological themes. Last year I was very lucky to purchase the pub sign from 'The Mermaid' Inn, Portland at a car boot sale in Dorchester. I was very surprised to find it only to learn the sad truth that the 'Mermaid Inn' closed in 2009 and after a long time standing boarded up work had began in 2010 to turn the inn into a house.

The local folk story, that gave the pub its name, occured one morning during the 18th Century. When a mermaid was found on the shingle beach at Church Ope Cove, as the people were going to a service at St. Andrew's Church. The creature's body was said to have ben taken up to the church, where she susquently died at noon. (http://www.darkdorset.co.uk/mermaid_of_church_ope_cove)

The current depiction of the mermaid on this sign that I own (and there have been other signs in the Mermaid Inn's history) is based on this painting, I believe is an interior book plate for Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid. Do any of the readers have any ideas on who the illustrator is?

1 comment:

Alessa said...

The illustrator is Troy Howell.