Description: Richard Harry Carter RI (British 1839-1911); Coastal Scene; oil on canvas; signed and dated (1906) lower left; mounted in a carved gilt wood frame; 49.5cm x 75cm (19.5"x29.5") sight (visible painting) size (70.5cm x 96cm (28"x38") outside frame dimensions).
Our View: It is interesting that the fishing boat in the foreground is Dutch. This may indicate that this is an East coast scene rather than Cornish, though as such boats were flat-bottomed, they would have been able to work well inshore and may therefore have been useful for the Cornish pilchard fishery.
Condition: The painting has an old lining: Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a few small patches of restoration, two in the sky, one in the sea at the horizon centre right and one at the centre lower edge probably indicating restoration of a small tear. There are a few other scattered spots of re-touching. A clean may be on the way to becoming due, though it is hard to tell as the painting depicts an overcast and blustery day. The frame is of good quality. There are gaps at the corners which may require bracing in the future, otherwise just a few knocks, mainly at the corners, and a few scuffs and scratches.
Biography: Richard Harry Carter was born in Truro in Cornwall in 1839. He was very much a Cornish artist, painting mainly Cornish coastal scenes and landscapes, and was a member of the Newlyn Art Colony. He exhibited at The Royal Academy between 1871 and 1908 as well as at The Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street (SS), The National Watercolour Society (NWS) and The Grafton Gallery (GG) He was a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI). He died at Sennen, Cornwall on the 7th February 1911.