Compass’d By The Inviolate Sea: Marine Painting In Cornwall From Turner To Wallis

Exploring the painting that has been produced in the area over the last 200 years.

It was JMW Turner who first popularised Cornwall as an artistic subject. The paintings and engravings he made of its dramatic coastline during his visits in 1811 and 1813 received national recognition, and it has been a point of interest for artists ever since.

Beginning in the 1880s artists relocated to Newlyn, St Ives and Falmouth to focus on the landscapes and lives of the local fishing communities. Among the most notable are Alfred Wallis, who would make marine paintings on bits of rough cardboard, and Ben Nicholson whose work in Cornwall inspired a whole generation of British modernists.

On display here are artistic capturings of Land’s End, St Michael’s Mount, Kynance Cove, Gurnard’s Head and Tintagel.

Lily Le Brun explores artists' long-standing relationship with the sea in the summer issue of Art Quarterly.

Venue details

Penlee House Gallery and Museum Morrab Road, Penzance Cornwall TR18 4HE 01736 363625

Entry details

Free entry with National Art Pass
Free entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

1 Apr – 31 Oct
Daily, 10am - 5pm

1 Nov  31 Mar
Daily,​ 10am  4.30pm

Last admission 30 mins before closing

Closed 24 – 27 Dec and 1 Jan