Alfred Wallis
String of Boats c.1928

Artwork details

Alfred Wallis 1855–1942
String of Boats
Date c.1928
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 117 x 403 mm
Frame: 197 x 487 x 30mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Mrs Doris Sealy 1975
Not on display

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Alfred Wallis was a seaman, ice cream seller and rag-and-bone man before he took up painting in old age. He said he painted ‘what used to be’ and many of his works depict a remembered past.In 1928 he met professional artists Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood, for whom Wallis’s work represented an instinctive and naïve folk art. As such, Wallis seemed to belong to the tradition of rustic characters common in literature, and represented a link to an apparently timeless English culture.

July 2007

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