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John Brett, A.R.A. (1830-1902)

The Black Rock, Tresaithe, Wales

inscribed and dated ‘The Black Rock, Tresaithe/10 July 91’ (upper left) and signed ‘John Brett’ (on the reverse)

oil on canvas

7 x 14 in. (17.8 x 35.6 cm.)

with frame 9 x 15 3/4 in. (22.8 x 40 cm.)





Bought from the artist by Edward C. Corry Esq. on 22 March 1896 for £15.




C. Payne and C. Brett, John Brett: Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter, New Haven and London, 2010, p. 237, no. 1356.


John Brett visited Wales for the last time in 1891, when he and his family spent three months at Aberporth, a small coastal village near Cardigan. Although he found the village ‘squalid’, and there was little of interest to paint, the nearby beach at Tresaithe ofered an attractive range of subjects, and during the course of the summer he painted at least nine sketches there. The current work is one of the earliest of these, dating from shortly after the family’s arrival at the beginning of July. This catalogue entry was prepared by Charles Brett.


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