Oil on canvas. Signed and dated 1893.
No. 1408 in Charles Brett’s catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work.
This painting was commissioned in 1893 by a friend of the artist, the Hon. Auberon Herbert. He intended to present the painting as a gift to a friend, but liked it so much that he couldn’t bear to part with it. Subsequent provenance is with Lady Lucas of Crudwell, by descent. From the 1870s, Brett devoted much of his time to painting the sea and coast, combining work and leisure on long family holidays to the seaside. After 1879, he painted predominantly on canvas and this dramatic example has all the freshness and quality of a scene observed en plein air.