Newquay, Cornwall by John Brett. Oil on canvas, 7 x 14 inches; signed on stretcher, labelled with number '51' and title. Courtesy the Maas Gallery, London. Provenance: By descent through the artist's family; Sir T L Devitt; Click on image to enlarge it.

Maas Gallery Commentary

Brett used this little sketch, most likely done in a single sitting of two or three hours, as a preparatory work for The Grey of the Morning, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1882. It was probably one of the forty 7 inch x 14 inch ‘sketches from nature,’ which Brett sent to the Fine Art Society’s Sea Exhibition in 1881-82. The picture shows Bothwick Rocks in Newquay, with Trevose Head in the distance, and, according to Payne and Brett, it was painted on June 30, 1881.

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Created 13 June 2022