Arthur Boyd Houghton
Ramsgate Sands c.1861

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Ramsgate Sands
Date c.1861
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 241 x 298 mm
frame: 440 x 490 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Miss Helen Devitt in memory of Sir Thomas Devitt Bt 1924
Reference
N03907
Not on display

Display caption

The model for the central figure in this picture was Houghton's wife, Susan. Houghton often took his young family on trips to the seaside, and Ramsgate was a favourite destination.
The informal atmopshere, and the loosely handled, thin paint suggests that this picture was probably painted on the spot.
Susan Houghton was a constant source of inspiration for the artist, and she appears in many of his works, including 'Volunteers', which hangs above.

April 1995

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