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Delightful little painting of St James Church, Emsworth a village on the south coast of England steeped in history.

Here's a little about St James Church:
 
St.James is one of the churches in the parish of Warblington with Emsworth, in the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth, part of the Church of England.
 
The church building dates back to 1840, when it was built to replace the small St. Peter's chapel (see last pic).
 
Here's a little about Emsworth:
 
Emsworth began as a small Saxon village. At first it was linked to the more important settlement of Warblington nearby. People from Emsworth worshipped at St Peter's Chapel or in the church at Warblington. Emsworth was not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was probably too small to be mentioned on its own and was included with Warblington.
 
The name Emsworth was probably once Emel's worth or Emil's worth. A worth was an enclosure like a farm or hamlet surrounded by a palisade.
 
...and back to the painting:
 
This is a real little jewel, bright fresh colours, honest self taught style with a real soul beaming out despite, maybe because of, the artist's lack of academic training.
 
The frame is also a little cutie; finished as it is in faux shagreen (rayskin) with fine beaded gilt detailing.
 
Signed: F. J. Griffiths

Date: 1959

Size (painting): 19.5cm x 22cm

Size (frame): 24.5cm x 27cm

Medium: oil on panel

Condition: good

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