Friedenson was born in Leeds and was initially apprenticed as a sign writer, before training as an artist in Paris and Antwerp. This picture shows the small Yorkshire fishing village of Runswick Bay. Rather in the manner of Newlyn in Cornwall, a colony of artists grew up there, and Friedenson visited it to work a number of times. It was here that he met his future wife, and after they married in November 1906, he returned to Runswick Bay the following spring in order to paint this picture. It was much admired at the Royal Academy that year, and purchased for the nation.
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