Headland with two three-masters

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Painted on brown card, this work depicts two tall ships sailing around a headland. As with the sky in this image, Wallis often left areas of his support unpainted. The headland appears as a dark oblong mass in the left of the painting dwarfing the sailing vessels.

Wallis painted many of his images from memory, both of recently witnessed events and scenes of his youth. The detailing of the two ships, which includes the reefing points on the sails, reveals Wallis's knowledge of maritime life.

'Against Longships Fog' is painted on the opposite side of this work.

The Pier Arts Centre



Headland with two three-masters




oil on card


H 29.5 x W 43.5 cm

Accession number

PAC 63a

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

alfred wallis


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