Paintings of Romney Marsh

Many artists have tried to capture the essence of Romney Marsh on canvas. To see a selection of some of the more well known, please use the index of artists below or just scroll down the page. Please click on the image to enlarge it.

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Romney Marsh by William Lionel Wyllie

William Lionel Wyllie, born in 1851, was a prolific English painter of maritime themes in both oils and watercolours. His work is in the Tate, the Royal Academy, the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum and many other galleries

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Anti-aircraft Fire meeting Flying-bombs as they cross the Coast Defences, Dymchurch, July 1944
       by Leslie Cole

Leslie James Cole (11 August 1910 – 1976) was a British artist and teacher. He served as a war artist from 1942 to 1946 during which time he recorded events in several theatres of war and also the aftermath of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

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Double Rainbow, Romney Marsh by Fred Cuming

Frederik George Rees Cuming RA (born 1930), normally known as Fred Cuming, is a contemporary British landscape painter, who works in a traditional manner. He is a vital part of the English landscape painting tradition. He has always been fascinated by the changing landscape around us: the skies, fabulous rainbows and wonderful rapid violent storms.

Fred Cuming has painted hundreds of Romney Marsh/Camber/Rye pictures. He is a member of the Royal Academy and lives at Iden in East Sussex.

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The Sands at Dymchurch by Charles Sims

Charles Henry Sims RA, born in 1873, was a British painter of portraits, landscapes, and decorative paintings. Charles  Sims didn’t visit Dymchurch very often, quite possibly only once, to see friend fellow artist Paul Nash, who lived in Dymchurch.

Happily, Sims’ visit to Dymchurch in 1920 left a painted legacy, a beautifully worked view of the beach, which is bright, modern and uplifting. It’s now in the Tate Britain Collection.

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St Clement Church, Old Romney by John Piper

John  Piper (1903-1992) was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and theatre sets. His work often focused on the British landscape, especially churches and monuments. 

One of his favourite places to visit was Romney Marsh where he recorded, in his own particular way, the churches of the Marsh and also the Military Canal.

Find out more about John Piper

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Romney Marsh by Harold Gilman

Harold Gilman was a British Impressionist and a member of the Camden Town Group, sometimes called the English Van Gogh. He grew up at Snargate Rectory, where his father was Rector. Standing next to the church of St Dunstan, the Rectory was built in 1891 and first occupied by Gilman’s father.

Harold Gilman was born in 1876, the second of seven children, and lived at Snargate Rectory till his thirties, when he brought his bride Grace to live there, for the first two years of their marriage, 1902-04.

He painted Romney Marsh in c1910 and it's now in the Tate.

Find out more about Harold Gilman

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Dymchurch Beach by Ben Nicholson

Benjamin Lauder "Ben" Nicholson, OM, born in April 1894 was a British painter of abstract compositions (sometimes in low relief), landscape and still-life.

Nicholson visited fellow artist Paul Nash at his cottage in Dymchurch in 1923. The two artists walked along the seawall (as Nash was prone to do most days) the outcome of the walk was, as far, as is known, Ben Nicholson’s only painting of Dymchurch beach.

The painting is in a modern and almost abstract style, but it certainly evokes the atmosphere and colours of the beach at low tide.

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Romney Marsh by Noel Coward

Sir Noel Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance. 

He liked to paint and in the only book dedicated to Noël's paintings, Sheridan Morley writes:

"In his lifetime, Noël always reserved his own paintings as first-night or birthday gifts, allowing only one or two to go for the very occasional charity auction and fearing, as he once wrote, that a kind of 'celebrity snobbism' might otherwise make them valued more for their autograph than for their intrinsic worth."

Find out more about Noel Coward

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Dymchurch Wall by Paul Nash

Paul Nash was one of the most original British artists of the first half of the 20th Century, who lived and painted in Dymchurch for part of his life. Working in the tradition of William Blake and Samuel Palmer, his paintings express a deep, mystical attachment to the English countryside.

In 2011 a new seawall was built at Dymchurch - it is impressively futuristic but still somehow retains the atmosphere that is embodied in Paul Nash's paintings and etchings.

Find out more about Paul Nash

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An English Landscape, Romney Marsh by Christopher R.W. Nevinson

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (13 August 1889 – 7 October 1946) was an English figure and landscape painter, etcher and lithographer, who was one of the most famous war artists of World War I.

Find out more about Christopher R.W. Nevinson

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