JOHN BRETT, A.R.A.
signed on the stretcher; John Brett A.R.A.; numbered and titled on a label attached to the stretcher: 57. Newquay, Cornwall
oil on canvas
18 by 35.5cm., 7 by 14in.
Some very fine surface cracking visible only upon very close inspection. Surface dirt throughout. Otherwise the work appears to be in good original condition.
UV light inspection reveals no evidence of any retouching or restoration.
Held in a gilt frame and slip.
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By descent through the artist’s family
The following information was provided by Charles Brett to whom we are very grateful;
This sketch resembles very closely the 42" x 84" The Grey of the Morning (Royal Academy 1882, now in a Private collection), for which it must have been the principal source. The scene is of Bothwick Rocks, between Towan and Killacourt Cove, Newquay, looking north-east towards Park Head, with Trevose Head in the far distance.