In Fishmongers Hall
, under the west side of the foot of London Bridge there is a wonderful collection of historic fish paintings, sculptures and artefacts. Fishing is an ancient practice with seafoods being a major part of our diet. Sea fishing is an exceptionally dangerous profession with unpredictable seas , freak waves and storms.
The ‘luggers’ were large fishing vessels up to 55′ long with 3 masts. A crew of 8-10 men roamed the North Sea and Western English Channel searching for herring and mackeral. They went on ‘voyages’ as far as southern Scotland for months at a time.
- Charles Ernest Cundall RA 1890-1971
- Hastings Luggers
- Signed. Oil on Canvas
- 14.5 x 22 inches
Charles Napier Hemy RA 1841-1917 was a British painter best known for his marine paintings.
‘Pilchards’ by Charles Napier Hemy, is part of the Tate collection. You can see more information here: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hemy-pilchards-n01650
‘Waiting’ by Charles Napier Hemy
Wellwood Rattray was a Scottish landscape painter and watercolourist. He was educated at Glasgow University. He exhibited at RA 1883-98, GG ,RSA, RSW and elsewhere. He received an Honourable Mention at the Paris Salon and also at the Paris International Exhibition in 1889. He painted almost entirely Scottish scenes.
- Alexander Wellwood Rattray RSW ARSA 1849-1902
- Boat moored in a rocky cove
- Oil on board Signed
- 27 x 36.5 cm
Shrimps provided the mainstay of fishing in places like Morcambe Bay after it became a holiday destination in 1847. Shrimps were a fashionable food for afternoon tea in Victorian England. During the Industrial Revolution a lot of the work was done by child labour as well as women
Image coming soon.
- C Forster
- The Shrimp Picker
- Watercolour. Signed and dated 1879
- 54 x 48 cm
Recreational fishing became much more popular after the English Civil War. ‘ Compleat Angler’ was written by Izaak Walton in 1653 and described fishing in the River Wye , Derbyshire.
- Colin W Burns b.1944
- Coarse Fishing on the Broads
- Oil on Board. Signed
- 7 x 10 inches
- M Morland
- Fish on riverbank
- Oil on Canvas.
- Monogrammed and dated 1825
- Name and address verso
- Magnificent original gilt frame
- 47 x 69 cm