Introducing a series of limited edition prints of Seymour Hotels' properties, created by local artist Ian Rolls, to celebrate our centenary year.

A much-loved local artist

 

Ian Rolls is a Jersey artist well known for his playful watercolours which give a distinctive twist to the island’s coast, landscape and buildings. His technique of wayward left handed drawing combined with careful right handed painting is the key to his unique style. Ian has travelled and exhibited widely and his paintings are in collections worldwide.  

Pictured: Pomme d'Or Hotel

The family connection

Ian Rolls’ grandparents were Gladys and Stanley Mason.

Gladys was the only daughter of George Andrew & Mary Ann Seymour, and sister to George Frederick Seymour who, in 1920 together with his wife Adelina, established Merton House, a small guest house in Halkett Place, St Helier, that was to become the foundation for the Seymour Hotels of Jersey.

Pictured: Greenhills Country House Hotel

The Merton: where it all began

Stanley came to Jersey on holiday in July 1928 and stayed at the Merton Hotel where he met Gladys. They soon fell in love and got married in 1930 with the reception being held at the Portelet Hotel. Shortly thereafter, Stanley was appointed General Manager of the Merton Hotel and it was under his leadership that the hotel really grew and flourished in the pre-war, post-war and honeymoon years. Both he and Gladys were active Directors of the Group

One of their four children, Avril, became the head housekeeper at the Merton for a period in the 1950’s & 60’s – Ian is her son.

Pictured: Merton Hotel entrance

Highly collectable prints

When considering the many ways in which the Group wanted to celebrate its Centenary Year how could we not specially commission Ian to make paintings of each of the properties in his own inimitable style? Ian was clearly delighted to be asked and we are obviously delighted with the results and continuing the family connection too!

Ian has produced limited edition prints which are available to purchase from the reception desks at each hotel and from the Watersplash Beach Bar & Diner. Ian’s works are highly collectable so we would thoroughly recommend buying one or even the series!

The prints are originally signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 100. They are digitally printed on 300 gsm acid free paper, individually backed with card and wrapped in cellophane.

Pictured: Watersplash

Prices

Each print is available to purchase, with £5 from each sale will go towards our Centenary Charities.

- Pomme d'Or Hotel 468 x 553mm  £90
- Merton Hotel entrance 370 x 442mm £60
- Merton Hotel aerial 440 x 457mm £75
- Greenhills Country House Hotel 382 x 526mm £75
- Watersplash Beach Bar & Diner 413 x 638mm £90

Print sizes (outside dimensions including white borders) 

Pictured: Merton Hotel from above