Ceibwr Bay (Wales). 1882. John Brett (1831-1902). Oil on canvas, 18 x 35.8 cm (7 x 14 1/8 inches). Signed upper right: "Ceibwr [?] July 82." Inscribed v: "from J. Brett 38 Harley St." Provenance: bought as Sunlit Cove, (mistakenly dated as 1902), Lot 473 at Bonham's Autumn Athenaeum Sale, 12th September 2007, Bury St Edmunds. Click on image to enlarge it.

Commentary by Paul Crowther

The exact date and location represented in the picture was subsequently identified by Paul Crowther, and confirmed independently (soon after) in a letter from the artist's great-grandson Charles Brett. Between 1865 and 1896, Brett and his family spent a considerable amount of time in Wales, and, in 1886, he purchased Windy Hall Farm in Fishguard—eventually selling it in 1896. During the 1890s Brett's career took a downward turn, and, as well as selling his Welsh property, he also vacated his studio in Harley Street London to work from home in Putney.

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Crowther, Paul. Awakening Beauty: The Crowther-Oblak Collection of Victorian Art. Exhibition catalogue. Ljubljana: National Gallery of Slovenia; Galway: Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, 2014. No. 4.

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