Otto Leyde, Digging For Shellfish

Otto Leyde, Digging For Shellfish

This relaxed coastal scene by British-Prussian artist, Otto Leyde (1835-1897), depicts a satisfied young man dressed in ragged clothes. He’s carrying a shovel over his shoulder following a long day digging for shellfish.

Leyde’s portrayals often highlight the lives of local workers within Scottish fishing communities. Fishermen haul nets onto steep shingle beaches, young ladies carry baskets laden with herring, and families rest within rustic interiors. 

This charming etching would bring depth and interest to a corner of your home, particularly a property with a sea view. 

Framed and glazed.

Learn more about Otto Leyde in our directory.

Medium: Etching on paper
Overall size: 13” x 17” / 33cm x 44cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Condition: Artwork presents well. 
Artist’s auction highlight: £8,030 achieved for an oil painting in 2016.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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