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Painted on brown card, this work depicts two tall ships sailing around a headland. As with the sky in this image, Wallis often left areas of his support unpainted. The headland appears as a dark oblong mass in the left of the painting dwarfing the sailing vessels. Wallis painted many of his images from memory, both of recently witnessed events and scenes of his youth. The detailing of the two ships, which includes the reefing points on the sails, reveals Wallis's knowledge of maritime life.
oil on card
29.5 x 43.5 cm
gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979