Catalogue entry

T01969 PZ 11 c.1928

Inscribed ‘F (...) from Newlyn’ t.r.
Ship's oilpaint on plywood, 14 1/8×18 1/8 (35.9×46)
Bequeathed by Mrs Doris Sealy 1975

A Mounts Bay mackerel driver registered at the port of Penzance and here shown entering either Penzance or Newlyn harbour. The inscription is hard to decipher; the first part may be ‘Fishing Boat...’ or the ‘F’ may be the first letter of a boat's name.

The arrangement of the harbour, with the left hand pier or jetty forming an upright rectangle, b.r., is a good example of Wallis' imaginative re-arrangement of reality for compositional purposes.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978