Stanhope Alexander Forbes, RA (British, 1857-1947) The Quayside, Newlyn
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Stanhope Alexander Forbes, RA
(British, 1857-1947)
The Quayside, Newlyn
Sold for £62,500 (US$ 105,051) inc. premium
Lot Details
Stanhope Alexander Forbes, RA (British, 1857-1947)
The Quayside, Newlyn
signed and dated 'Stanhope A Forbes./1907.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
92 x 72.5cm (36 1/4 x 28 9/16in).


    with The Fine Art Society, 1983

    The building in the background of Forbes's depiction of the Newlyn Quayside is the Seamen's Mission building, its windows warmly illuminated in the twilight. The painting evokes the busy and communal atmosphere of the Newlyn waterfront. A woman is folding fishing nets over the rail which forms such a strong diagonal leading into the middle of the composition. This diagonal is balanced by the foreground character, whose gaze we follow up the hill into the crowd. It is evidence of how Forbes was still experimenting with compositional devices well into the twentieth century.

    Forbes displays his mastery of capturing the gloaming which the fishermen would often have arrived back at shore in. The evening setting and the glow of the light from the windows place it in a strong tradition in his work including The letter (RA 1898, no. 365, Plymouth Art Gallery), Lighting up time (RA 1902, no. 40, Penlee Museum) and Out into the dark and silence (sold in these rooms 10 July 2013 for £186,000).

    The quayside would have been the centre of the community, filled with fishermen and other people who relied on the fishing industry for their living. Forbes would have been known to all these figures, by this time he was acknowledged as the father of the Newlyn School of Painters and was well known in the town. It is paintings such as the present lot that give the viewer an insight into Forbes's enduring interest in the life of Newlyn and its inhabitants.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the following additional provenance: PROVENANCE: Formally in the collection of Arthur Grogan, an art collector and philanthropist. The present lot was hung in Standen, the Philip Webb designed house which Grogan helped save for the Nation. Please note that Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance would like to include the present lot in their forthcoming exhibition, Model Citizens: Myths and Realities, from 14th June until 6th September 2014. This would of course be entirely at the discretion of the successful purchaser.
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