View of Clovelly, North Devon, from the Pier
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Clovelly is a famously picturesque village on the north Devon coast. Situated on a steep hill, it has been privately owned by the Hamlyn family since 1738. A fishing village has been there since the 13th century and it is well known for its curved stone pier. Rowlandson was a regular visitor to Cornwall and Devon to see his friend and patron the banker Matthew Michell from the 1790s until Michell’s death in 1819. Rowlandson frequently visited him at his estate at Hengar and also at his London address, Grove House near Enfield. Michell owned over 550 watercolours by Rowlandson at the time of his death. His country house, Hengar House, was six miles north of Bodmin and Rowlandson enjoyed sketching in the surrounding countryside.
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