Commissioned by Mr Fieldhouse (art dealer), Birmingham in 1899; Purchased privately from an estate in East Hampton, New York
Roger Langley, Walter Langley - Pioneer of the Newlyn Art Colony, 1997, pp.167, 174
This watercolour was completed in 1899 but may have been begun earlier, as the same young fisherman and the same Windsor chair appears in Washing Day dated 1893. The realism in Langley's work is here demonstrated by the closely-studied setting of a fishing-cottage in Newlyn, an interior that appears in several of Langley's pictures, including the large oil painting In Faith and Hope the World will Disagree, But all Mankind's Concern is Charity of 1897.
This watercolour is in very good condition. There are a few areas of foxing to the wall and the table around the male figure but these are only visible upon close inspection. The paper is flat and has not been laid down.
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