Our 1st morning at Staithes, up at sunrise .
Had to wait until after 7am for the sun to light up the hillside.
The reflections in the sand reminded me of an impressionist painting
North York Moors National Park
Panasonic G1 (straight from camera)
Art in Staithes
The beauty of the village has always lent itself to art, as shown by the village’s long history of well known painters. The village was home to a small group of twenty to thirty artists known as the “Staithes group” or the “Northern Impressionists.” The group contained renowned artists such as Edward E. Anderson, Joseph R. Bagshawe, Thomas Barrett and James W. Booth and was inspired by other impressionists such as Monet, Cezanne and Renoir. Dame Laura Knight became the most famous member of the Staithes Group; she and her husband and fellow painter Harold Knight kept a studio in the village.
Captain James Cook
In 1745-1746, Staithes’s most famous resident, the young James Cook (born in Marton near Middlesbrough), worked in Staithes as a grocer’s apprentice where he first gained his passion for the sea. He later moved to nearby Whitby where he joined the Royal Navy. William Sanderson’s shop, where Cook worked, was destroyed by the sea, but parts were recovered and incorporated into “Captain Cook’s Cottage”. This has been the residency of a local Staithes family for several generations