Seaside View

by Algernon Talmage


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 36 x 50 in./ 91.4 x 127 cm
(framed) 43.5 x 56.5 in./ 110.5 x 143.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘A. Talmage’ and dated ‘1922’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas



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    This painting conveys both tranquillity and vibrancy, demonstrating Talmage’s characteristic ability to capture light; the warm sunlight glistens on the surface of the sea which foams and soaks into the wet, subtly reflective sand in the background. In the fore, the rocky outcrop is punctuated with green and pink, making the painting sing with a sense of summer. The visible strokes of bright colour are reminiscent of the Impressionists, but still set apart and unique to the artist.

    This work makes evident Talmage’s passion for en-plein air painting; its accuracy seems unlikely that he could have made this piece anywhere but in-situ. The details, from the diminishing sunlight creating glowing flecks across the women’s clothes and the cliffs behind, to the rosy hue of the figures’ cheeks, create a rosy warmth that permeates through the idyllic scene.


    Private Collection, Falmouth, Maine

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    The son of an Oxfordshire clergyman, Algernon Talmage was born in 1871. He studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer at Bushey and then in St. Ives, where he was to open his own studio-cum-art school in 1900, which was known as ‘The Cabin’ and was located on Westcotts Quay, St Ives. His best known student was Emily Carr, the well-known post-Impressionist painter and writer.

    Talmage returned to London in 1907 and had his first solo exhibtion at the Goupil Gallery in 1909. An extremely versatile and accomplished artist, Talmage joined Augustus John as an Official War Artist for the Canadian Government in World War One, was prominent in the etching boom of the lates 1920s and also excelled as a portraitist.

    Talmage has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and has had several gallery and museum exhibitions.

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