The Mussel Gatherers by William Page Atkinson Wells

Sunderland Point is a historic part of the Lancashire Cost to the west of Lancaster.


Oil on canvas
61 x 101.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,625 ( Total: £22,500)
Acquired in:
Michael Fulda, Fulda Gallery

The painting depicts a cobbled and sandy shore, strewn with seaweed, on which women are collecting mussels from the waters of the receeding tide (a traditional local occupation). Centrally placed on the promontory is a historically important group of buildings, including former warehouses that stored the first consignments of imported cotton from the West Indies. The work is though to be one of the finest known by the artist.


Bourne Galleries Edinburgh 2003; Michael Fulda, Fulda Gallery.

Venue details

Fleetwood Museum Queen's Terrace, FLEETWOOD Lancashire FY7 6BT 01253 876 621

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

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