In August 2021, an Armitt trustee donated to the museum a rare 1815 book entitled ‘Views of Saint Helena’. This was introduced and superbly
In August 2021, an Armitt trustee donated to the museum a rare 1815 book entitled ‘Views of Saint Helena’. This was introduced and superbly illustrated by George Hutchins Bellasis. Ongoing research has shown that he was born in Long Marton in Cumbria. He was in Bombay from 1801 till 1804. Illness forced his return to England and also caused him to stay in Saint Helena for eight months on his return journey. Sketches done during his stay at the island became the basis for his subsequent illustrated publication, timed to coincide with Napoleon’s exile to this remote island.
Further research has resulted in making contact with one of George’s descendants who has very kindly donated 10 pictures and prints of Bowness and the surrounding area by George and members of his family. These pictures are of considerable local historical and artistic interest.