The Sunny South by Walter Langley

The Sunny South marks a significant point in Langley's development, and was painted at a time when, having built his reputation with major watercolours, he was seeking to emulate this success in oils.


Oil on canvas
122 x 61 cm
Art Fund grant:
£31,500 ( Total: £130,000)
Acquired in:
Peter Nahum

Langley was confronted at Newlyn by an influx of new artists, who painted almost exclusively in oils in the French plein-air manner inspired by Jules Bastien-Lepage. This represented a fresh challenge to Langley and this work was his response. The subject is the view, with photographic clarity, from the artist's home, Pembroke Lodge, looking down towards Newlyn.


Sold by artist 1886. Purchase by Peter Nahum, Sotheby 1994. Sold to present owner 1994. Now selling via Peter Nahum prior to going to live abroad.

Venue details

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, PENZANCE Cornwall TR18 4HE 01736 363 625

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