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"To paint the picture above I joined some old men sitting on a bench in front of a shop. After a while a group of children gathered and started to block my view. At this point one of the old men got a long stick and swung it round in front of us every time they got too close. The result kept them away, and me able to complete the picture. I was most grateful to him.


St Louis for me was a delight. It seemed everywhere I looked there was a sketch or painting to be made. This city, founded in 1638, had been the capital of French West Africa until the early part of this century, when the capital was moved to Dakar. Walking round St Louis one gets the feeling that since then, this once fine city had stood still, its old colonial buildings in a bad state of repair and with a general air of neglect around the place. This, I felt like with Goree Island, was in many ways what gave it its charm.


My accommodation in the Youth Hostel was in a 2 beded room, and the £4 a night charged included a continental breakfast, served at the large communal table in the courtyard. The many interesting travellers I met during the few days I had here, contributed greatly to making my stay in the town an enjoyable one." - MH 

Main street of St. Louis, 1992

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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