Extra interest was provided on 27 May by a Sir Walter Raleigh on horseback - a star appearance of Rob Batson on Donut, from Budleigh Salterton Riding School http://www.devonriding.co.uk/ Sadly Rob and Donut will be unable to take part in the 28 August tableau
'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was the 1870 work of pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais, painted, so it is said, as a clarion call to empire and foreign adventure and still familiar to many people today through reproductions in millions of homes.
Preparing for the tableau re-enacting Sir John Everett Millais' 1870 painting of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' on 28 May 2018. L-r: Frank (playing Walter Raleigh), his twin brother Henry (Humphrey Gilbert) with Nick Speare (The Sailor)
Katie (Walter Raleigh) and Isla (Humphrey Gilbert), both aged 8, meet the 'real' Sir Walter Raleigh. Isla looks as if she's seen a ghost
Katie and Isla learn about dressing as Elizabethans from Fairlynch Museum Head of Costume Betty Hebditch, whose team of volunteer helpers made the replica costumes
The original painting is still on display at Budleigh’s Fairlynch Museum. There is still free admission to most of the building, but this year there is a charge of £3 for the Raleigh 400 exhibition. There is no charge for children.
The Raleigh 400 Millais tableau re-enactment on 27 May: (back row) Nick Speare, Anthea Downes, Michael Downes, Rosemary Griggs, John Washington, Chris Fry; front row: Ollie and Bailey appearing respectively as Walter and Humphrey. All the above photos were by Rob Coombe for Matt Austin Images
The front page of the Budleigh Journal, Wednesday 15 August 2018, by Daniel Wilkins
FOR THE RALEIGH 400 CALENDAR OF