William Shackleton
The Mackerel Nets 1912–3

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William Shackleton 1872–1933
The Mackerel Nets
Date 1912–3
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1022 x 1168 mm
Acquisition Presented by Professor Frederick Brown 1923
Not on display

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Shackleton was an idiosyncratic artist. He had studied in Paris in the 1890s, and developed an individual kind of Symbolism in his paintings of groups of nudes. He was devoted to the art of Turner, and borrowed from some of his paintings the unusual grey and pink colouring of many of his own. This beach scene by twilight was sketched by Shackleton near Boulogne. He worked very slowly, and made numerous studies in oil, pastel and gouache.

September 2004

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