Sidmouth is no stranger to violent sea storms. This watercolour was painted not long after the ‘Great Gale’ of 1824 described by an eye witness:
“Twern’t a sea – not a bit of it – twer the great sea hisself rose up level like
and come on right over the ridge and all, like nothing in this world” (Barnes and Legg, 1976).
The sea stack depicted here was destroyed in a later storm.