T01970 TWO BOATS c.1928
Ship's oilpaint on cardboard, 8 3/8×12 (21.1×30.5)
Bequeathed by Mrs Doris Sealy 1975
On the reverse of a Selfridge's box lid bearing on a label the date 13 October 1925. The two boats are small cutter-rigged fishing smacks, typical vessels of the 1890's and early 20th century, worked mainly out of Brixham and Plymouth. The painting may depict two cutters in Mounts Bay, which was an important fishing ground on the South Coast, though there are no precise identifying landmarks. Margaret Mellis has drawn attention to the ‘Wallis Moon’ (t.l.)-a downward facing crescent which, as she says, is not his invention but corresponds to the real position of the moon on September evenings, as she has observed it for three successive years (1972–75).
The Tate Gallery 1974-6: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1978