Study for 'A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach' by Stanhope Alexander Forbes

An early preparatory work for the artist's best-known painting, 'Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach' of 1885.


Oil on canvas
15 x 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£14,312 ( Total: £26,022; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
Mark Garnier

This was one of the first paintings made by Forbes after his arrival in the Cornish art colony of Newlyn in January 1884. It has the hallmarks of plein-air, square brush painting that characterised the work of the core Newlyn artists. He wrote: anything more beautiful than this beach at low water I never saw...if I can only paint figures against such a background as this shining mirror-like shore...


The artist; Geoffrey (1889-1970) and Jill Garnier (1890-1966); by descent to Mark Garnier.

Venue details

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

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