Valerie Baines' Liberation Day Parade, 2011

14th September 2015
Valerie Baines' Lieutenant-Governor's Inspection 2011, Priaulx Library Collection

The Library has received some lovely sketches of local scenes from the well known watercolourist, Valerie Baines. They are a vivid and lively depiction of Liberation Day on Guernsey in 2011, including a few more unusual scenes. The sketch featured shows the late Lieutenant-Governor, Air-Marshal Peter Walker, inspecting local cadets.

Valerie Baines has a distinguished career as an artist, and the Library is very grateful to have received these exquisite watercolours to add to its collection.  As founder member and past Vice-President of the Society of Botanical Artists, Valerie has produced wonderful pictures of botanical subjects, and is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. Multi-talented, not only did she train at Harrow Art School, but also attended the Royal College of Music. Her work may be familar in a more domestic sphere, as she worked as a designer for Sanderson. She has been a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and has illustrated many books; she has her own website.

Valerie and her family have a particular love for Guernsey, and she has visited the island and painted it many times. The Library has a copy of her recent publication, the Guernsey Sketchbook. Please ask a Librarian if you would like to see this or Valerie's lovely originals.

The sketches are:

  • 'Early Morning Practice' in the Sunken Garden of St Paul's (Scots pipers);
  • 'Rehearsing of the parade, early morning;'
  • 'Standards on parade;'
  • 'Inspection by the Lieutenant-Governor;'
  • 'Inspection by the Bailiff, Sir Geoffrey Rowland;'
  • Final parade of 201 Squadron;'
  • 'And then they all joined in' (my favourite!).