The Lighthouse (Newlyn, Cornwall)

Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857–1947)

1892 (purchased)

Oil on canvas

H 228.5 x W 173.2cm

Collection: Manchester Art Gallery

Accession number: 1892.3

The title of the painting is rather a curious one, because the eye is drawn first to the energetic figure of the fisherman, and the lighthouse, straddling the pier wall, seems only to provide a background. [Commentary continues below.]

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