Hemy, Charles Napier RA RWS (1841-1917): Along shore fishermen, signed and dated 1890, oil on canvas, 56 x 76.2 cms. Purchased with funding from the Art Fund and MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.
About the frame
A version of a nineteenth-century British ‘Watts’ frame with applied composition acanthus leaf top edge, bead-&-spindle ornament, and mitred oak frieze with steps to sight edge, finished with oil gilding.
In a letter Hemy comments about this painting: I painted it off St Anthony lighthouse on board my boat the Vandermeer and I think I have caught something of the freshness of the sea. The net is what they call a trammel, and is set overnight and hauled in the morning, and brings up mostly flat fish, John Dory and Red Mullet.