Three ships and lighthouse

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Painted on an irregular-shaped piece of card, this work depicts St Ives Bay, Godrevy Lighthouse and the distinctive local practice of 'Seine' fishing. Wallis employs a shifting perspective in his representation of the harbour. The elevated viewpoint of the bay is contradicted in the description of the black boats and the lighthouses, which are presented in profile.

The image is painted on the reverse of another work, 'St Ives Harbour: White Sailing Ship'. This was a common practice for Wallis who often utilised any available surface for his work including a bellows, a jam jar and part of a table top.

The Pier Arts Centre



Three ships and lighthouse




oil & pencil on card


H 32 x W 46.5 cm

Accession number

PAC 65a

Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

Work type


Inscription description

alfred wallis


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