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"Painting of a typical scene along one of the canals in Belize City.


About the size of England and Wales, Belize was once the only bit of the British Empire to be established on the Central American mainland, and came as a complete contrast to the other countries I had visited on this journey. With a population of around 200,000, comprising mainly of people of Afro-Caribbean origin, and speaking a rather attractive sounding type of Creole English, I found, what wiith the other odd hints of ex - British rule, such as the red post boxes and English sounding street names, I was soon starting to feel quite at home.


With the exception of the area around the Memorial Park, Belize City had little of real beauty, in fact most of its mainly wooden buildings (as far as I could see St John's Cathedral was the only brick building in the city) looked dilapidated and quite slumish. One thing that did come as a surprise, was when I learnt that the city had been largely rebuilt following a very damaging cyclone in the late 1920's; to me these buildings looked as if they had been around for at least a hundred years. I guess things deteriorate a lot quicker in these tropical parts. Despite all this I did feel the place had a certain charm and was sorry I was only able to spare the time to have two nights and one full day here." - MH

Canal Scene, Belize, 1976

  • 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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