Moments of Bidefords shipping history lost to time have been immortalised in a series of paintings and drawings on display at The Burton Art Gallery.Many of the never-been-seen-before pieces by Bidefordian and draftsman Vernon C Boyle depict the loss of the significant salmon fishing industry in Bideford. Vernon, who was born in 1885 and died in 1954, sketched and painted wherever he was in the world, but mostly painted his home town. During World War One he served with the Second Sixth Devonshire Regiment and spent four years in Mesopotamia and India. In 1942, following the death of his brother, he returned to Bideford to run the family business, Buckleigh Laundry. The business is now run by Vernons grandson Richard Boyle. Richard said: He was a prolific artist; he painted very quickly. A lot of the works were put straight into folders when he painted them so they are in brilliant condition they have been filed away for nearly 100 years. Warren Collum, exhibitions and collections officer at the Burton in Bideford, said: I feel very privileged to have been allowed access to such a vast collection of works. I hope this exhibition will draw new audiences to the Burton, not only for Vernons exquisite skills in drawing but also to identify and reminisce about times and scenes gone by in Bidefords history.The exhibition at the Burton will run until Monday.