The Seven Sisters

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This is a scene I drew after a memorable visit with my daughter. I wanted to create something for her to remember the day together.

Google ‘The Seven Sisters’ and this is the famous view that will always appear – the cliffs and the coastguard cottages, from Seaford Head across the River Cuckmere.

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs by the English Channel. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne in southern England. They are within the South Downs National Park which is bounded by the coast, the Cuckmere and the A259 road. They are the remnants of dry valleys in the chalk South Downs, which are gradually being eroded by the sea.

The Seven Sisters cliffs are occasionally used in filmmaking and television production as a stand-in for the more famous White Cliffs of Dover, since they are relatively free of anachronistic modern development and are also allowed to erode naturally. As a result, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head remain a bright white colour, whereas the White Cliffs of Dover are protected due to the important port and are therefore increasingly covered in vegetation and are greening as a result.

They have been featured in a number of movies, including at Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesAtonement where Robbie and Cecilia always wanted to live. Much of the 2015 feature film Mr. Holmes was filmed around the Seven Sisters. The 2019 film Hope Gap, starring Bill Nighy and Annette Bening was against the backdrop of Seaford Head.