Private collection, Brittany; Christie's, London, 21 November 1995, lot 99, where purchased by the present owner
According to Professor Kenneth McConkey this picture was painted during Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes' painting trip to Brittany in 1891 and most likely depicts the beach at Cancale where they spent most time. Elizabeth commented; 'Cancale has certain features in common with our Newlyn... Whosoever loves the Cornish soil must perforce feel drawn towards the Breton land, of which, if one believes the old legends, it once formed a part.' (Mrs Lionel Birch, Stanhope A. Forbes, A.R.A. and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, A.R.W.S., 1906, p.44)
This picture is unlined and in good condition. There is a very small area of fine craquelure on the skirt of the youngest girl - only visible upon very close inspection. The paint surface is a little dirty and may benefit from a light clean.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are flecked retouchings throughout which appear to be cosmetic infillings to craquelure.
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