frame: 1600 x 2565 x 195 mm
Hemy settled in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 1881, aiming to paint the sea and ships ‘always from nature’. Fishing by a long ‘seine’ net was a method thought to date from the time of Christ’s disciples. It involves paying out the seine net all round the shoal of pilchards, tying the ends, then dropping a smaller tuck net into the shoal and scooping up the fish in baskets. Hemy made studies of the process over fourteen years, but painted the picture in ten days.