Alfred Wallis

Houses at St Ives, Cornwall

?c.1928–42

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Alfred Wallis 1855–1942
Medium
Oil paint on cardboard
Dimensions
Support: 267 x 318 mm
frame: 466 x 520 x 33 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Ben Nicholson 1959
Reference
T00239

Online caption

Wallis had worked as seaman, ice cream vendor and scrap merchant before he took up painting as a hobby in his retirement. He lived in St Ives, Cornwall, a fishing community and artists’ colony. There he encountered the painters Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood and his work was shown with theirs in London. Most of his paintings are of his local environment or of places and events remembered from his past.

Catalogue entry

T00239 HOUSES AT ST IVES, CORNWALL

Inscr. ‘alfred wallis’ t.l.
Ship's oil paint on cardboard, 10 1/2×12 3/8 (27×31·5).
Presented by Ben Nicholson 1959.
Coll: Purchased by Ben Nicholson from the artist.
Exh: Paintings by Alfred Wallis, Bournemouth Arts Club, August–September 1950 (19, repr.).
Repr: Horizon, VII, No.37, 1943, facing p.49; Sven Berlin, Alfred Wallis, Primitive, 1949, pl.48.

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Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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