This painting depicts a number of boats lying on the flats at Mount’s Bay in Cornwall. Mount’s Bay is one of a number of places along the Cornish coast, including Falmouth and St Ives that Wallis painted on several occasions. As a fisherman in the 1870s and 1880s, Wallis was familiar with the geography and features of the area surrounding the bay such as the Lizard Light, Mousehole and, of course, St Michael’s Mount which Wallis represents by a cone with a flag on top. In another painting, Mount’s Bay with St Michael’s Mount, Wallis added a metal pole to mark the location of treacherous rocks, one of the many hazards that fisherman had to be aware of when sailing around the bay.
Wallis took up painting in the mid 1920s following the death of his wife, Susan Ward. His paintings, frequently on old scraps of paper and cardboard in house or ship’s paint, are often memories of his experiences as a fisherman, for example fishing boats, lighthouses and seascapes…
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