A Game of Cut-Throat Euchre

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An exponent of ‘plein air’ realism, ‘Cut-Throat Euchre’ bears the hallmarks of the first generation of Newlyn artists who settled in the fishing community from 1880 onwards. Stanhope Forbes was both a friend and a mentor and his influence is evident in this painting. Euchre, a five-card trick game traditionally played by three players, is still played in Cornwall and the south-west of England and local people are immensely proud of their heritage. The game was exported overseas by migrant Cornish workers and there are Euchre leagues in Canada and the USA as well as Australia and New Zealand. Four men are seated in the shadowy hold of a fishing boat. The powerful presence of the three card players is emphasised by the grand scale of the picture which measures 1.

Penlee House Gallery & Museum



A Game of Cut-Throat Euchre




oil on canvas


H 125.5 x W 151 cm

Accession number

PEZPH : 2017.71

Work type


Signature/marks description

FRANK HEATH 1909 - bottom left


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