Coastal Scene with Boats and Fishermen, c. 1850

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At the end of a day of fishing, the catch is being loaded into a horse-drawn cart. One man lies down next to a beast that may have been used to pull boats onto the shore. Two small groups of women sit mending the nets. Behind them rises a cliff whose crags seem to have fascinated the artist.

John Burgess, Jr. was born into an artistic family. His mother was a sculptor, and his father, a watercolorist. If this is indeed his work, it remains difficult to localize the view since he travelled extensively in Britain and France.

Coastal Scene with Boats and Fishermen
Artist Life
1814 - 1874
Accession Number
Joe McCrindle; Sotheby's, August 1, 1962, no.16; Henfield Foundation, London; given to MIA, 1963.
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