Description: signed and dated l.l.: Frank Bramley 1889 oil on canvas
Dimensions: measurements note 46 by 59 cm., 16 by 22 in.
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumbria University, Hidden Treasures, The Sena Collection, 2007, not numbered
Notes: PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION This oil sketch was recently identified as having been made in preparation for Frank Bramley's dramatic Royal Academy exhibit of 1889 Saved (National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town). The painting depicts a trio of Cornish fish-wives and their children gathered around the fire in a Newlyn cottage to await news of their husbands' boat lost at sea. In 1888 Bramley had exhibited A Hopeless Dawn (Tate) at the Royal Academy, to great critical and public success. The 1888 painting showed a young woman inconsolable after hearing that her husband has died at sea and Bramley conceived Saved as a companion piece, showing a happier ending as the old fisherman in the doorway announces the news of the men's rescue. This energetic sketch shows Bramley's rugged style, inspired by French art whilst the subject is typical of an artist who sought to show the hardship of contemporary life in Cornwall without resorting to melodrama or anecdote.
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