John Wallace Tucker, Coastal Landscape With Fisherfolk

John Wallace Tucker, Coastal Landscape With Fisherfolk

This fine mid-19th-century landscape painting by British artist John Wallace Tucker (1808–1869) depicts several fisherfolk amid craggy coastal scenery, possibly near Lynmouth, Devon. They’re discussing the changeable weather and deciding whether to head out.

Tucker was well-versed in the nuances of coastal views and particularly adept at composition. Note the diagonal running from bottom left to top right. It creates a story by drawing your attention to the figures and then upwards towards the break in the clouds. As we look up, we notice the change in conditions as if we’re in the scene itself.

The diagonal is further emphasised by the use of two guiding elements - the wooden verticals on the left and the leaning sail on the right. You can imagine Tucker sketching this out several times before settling on a final design.

The painting is held within a scroll and foliate pierced frame.

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Medium: Oil on panel
Overall size: 15½” x 14” / 40cm x 35cm
Year of creation: c. 1850
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £3,200 achieved for an oil painting in 2002.