Grey port seascape and linear painting of houses, which represents the view of St Ives, Cornwall. It shows the promontary known as ‘The Island’, part of Porthmeor Beach and Porthmeor Square.
The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach
30.5 x 38.7 cm
Oil on board
Date of work
Original: Oil on board, 30.5 x 38.7 cm ® Tate, London
English painter, fisherman and scrap merchant. Alfred Wallis claimed to have gone to sea at the age of nine and was involved in deep-sea fishing, sometimes sailing as far as Newfoundland. In 1890 he moved to St Ives in Cornwall where he set up as a marine scrap merchant. In 1912 he retired. His wife died in 1922, whereupon he took up painting and was famously discovered by Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood.