Against Longships fog

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Painted on an irregular shaped piece of card, this work depicts two steamers and a sailing vessel negotiating the treacherous Longships Rocks off the coast of Lands End, Cornwall. Wallis painted the image using a limited palette of black, grey and white.

'Headland with Two Three-Masters' is painted on the opposite side of this work. Only 40 feet above sea level, the original Longships lighthouse was often obscured by rough seas or fog and several ships sank on the rocks despite its presence. Wallis's grave has a ceramic-tiled headstone by the potter Bernard Leach that features a lighthouse.

The Pier Arts Centre



Against Longships fog




oil on card


H 29.5 x W 43.5 cm

Accession number

PAC 63b

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


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against longships fog


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