'The Ferryman' signed and dated 'C. Napier Hemy.1882' (lower right), inscribed with title, artist's name and two addresses (on the reverse) oil on canvas 51 x 76.5cm (20 x 30 1/8in).
This oil painting was painted in Falmouth harbour in Cornwall and shows the old Bar Pool Mill, near where the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall is currently situated. The mill was operated by the tide's rise and fall. There are various depictions of this mill in the collection of Falmouth Art Gallery by different artists at various times in its history, mainly when it had become derelict by the late 19th century. The ferryman depicted here had probably rowed across the harbour, from Flushing.
Charles Napier Hemy had just settled in Falmouth when he completed this work. He had moved to Falmouth from London in 1881 to marry Amy Freeman the daughter of a local granite merchant and fellow Catholic after the death of his first wife. Hemy was to stay in Falmouth for the rest of his life and made his name for his maritime paintings featuring the Cornish coast and the fishing industry.
We are grateful to Catherine Wallace for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.