St Ives harbour: White sailing ship

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Painted with a limited palette of black, white and green, this work depicts a gaff-rigged ship departing harbour. Wallis employs a subjective sense of scale and perspective, in which the subject of the work is the largest element of the composition.

There is no conventional perspective within the image, and the vessels in the lower right corner offer two contradictory orientations. Yet Wallis presents a unified vision, for all elements of the image are represented in profile within the rising perspective.

'Three Ships and Lighthouse' is painted on the opposite side of this work.

The Pier Arts Centre



St Ives harbour: White sailing ship




oil & pencil on card


H 32 x W 46.5 cm

Accession number

PAC 65b

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

alfred wallis


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