North Devon in 100 Objects 96

96. Mr and Mrs Rendle These rather primitive paintings are a bit of a mystery. 18th century in style, they are not the work of the kind of professional painter who was making portraits of Barnstaple’s mayors at that time.  They are catalogued as “Mr and Mrs Rendle, who founded Barnstaple’s first bank”. Mrs. Rendle … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 96

North Devon in 100 Objects 2

2. The Naval Surgeon's Coat This navy blue frock coat belonged to Dr Simon Gage Britton. The buttons of the coat are decorated with snakes climbing a staff, a symbol still used by the British Medical Association and countless other doctors’ organisations around the world.  It represents the rod of Asclepius, a Greek god associated … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 2