1876 George Henry Jenkins Cornish Beachcomber Oil on Board


An attractive Victorian oil painting on wooden board of a coastal beach scene with a pink sunset over the cliffs.

There is a sandy cove with largish outcrops and a lone beachcomber carrying his shrimp net and accompanied by a dog. In the background there are fishing boats making their way back to port. The location isn’t known, but it is not unlike Kynance Cove. The artist has beautifully captured the pink-grey hues of the sky. The painting, which is nicely framed, is by the acclaimed West Country artist George Henry Jenkins. It is signed and dated 1876 (we believe because it isn’t clear).

G. H. Jenkins (1838 - 1914) painted throughout Devon and Cornwall in both oil and watercolour. He is reported as an active artist between 1870 and 1910. From 1873 to 1880 he lived at 10 Saltram Terrace, Plympton, Devon near Plymouth. He also exhibited work painted in North Wales.
He exhibited at the Society of Western Artists, Plymouth Arts Club and at the RWA in Bristol. He showed a total of 20 works at the RWA between 1892 and 1895 at the Annual Winter Exhibitions, subjects included On the Lledr, North Wales and in 1892 King Arthur's Castle, Tintagel. He did not appear to exhibit in London, but did show Trawlers entering Plymouth Sound at the Dore Gallery in an exhibition of West country artists c.1900. He also exhibited two Dartmoor views at the Elands Gallery in Exeter in 1907.

Size: 35 x 19 cm (13 ¾ x 7 ½ inches)
Size frame: 45 x 29 x 3 cm (17 ¾ x 11 ½ x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 798 g