T03649 Beach at Dusk, St. Ives Harbour c. 1895
Oil on canvas 24 × 20 1/8 (610 × 510)
Inscribed ‘Will. Osborn’ b.l.
Presented anonymously in memory of Terence Rattigan 1983
Prov: ...; Charles Murrish, sold W.H. Lane & Son, Penzance, 28 November 1978 (88, as ‘Landing the Catch, Evening St Ives’) bt Nicholas Skeaping; bt the donor 1981
A view of the harbour at St Ives, Cornwall, with Smeaton's Pier to the right. William Osborn lived in Draycott Terrace, St Ives in 1893 and at The Terrace, St Ives from 1894–6. Research by the donor among elderly residents of St Ives suggests that Osborn frequently needed to exchange paintings for food and lodgings, bartering works to earn a living.
A label on the back of the work suggests that the painting might have been exhibited at or purchased from Lanhams, St Ives.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986