barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


John Brett (1831 – 1902)

Kennack Sands

Cornwall, 1876

Oil on board

18 x 36 cm

 

This work is typical of Brett’s small ‘on the spot’ oil sketches. He was in Cornwall in the summer of 1876, finding inspiration on the Lizard peninsula.

This sketch was taken from the western end of Kennack Sands, looking east towards the distant Pedn Boar Point. A sketch like this took two or three hours to complete and Brett often inscribed it with the date, as here. This sketch was purchased by the Birmingham architect J. H. Chamberlain for £50. He built a new home in Edgbaston in 1879, where he displayed six Bretts.

 

Purchased 2010 (Inv No. 2010.1)