Le Havre de Grâce

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A precisely painted, surreal harbour scene. There is a jetty in the foreground littered with sinister, oversized harbour equipment including anchors, fishing nets and ship motor blades. At the end of the jetty stands a tall white with rigging and flags. To the right, just below the horizon, the outer wall of the harbour is visible, with a large number seven painted on its side and the lighthouse at its end. On the left-hand side there is the opposite wall with buildings and a crane. A steamboat with the oversized inscription 'PILOTE HAVRE' along one side and an anchor on its funnel, sails between the two. A smaller steamboat on the horizon is sailing towards the harbour. There is a flat sea and clear blue sky with few seagulls.

Manchester Art Gallery



Le Havre de Grâce




oil on canvas


H 70.4 x W 84.2 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from Arthur Tooth and Sons Ltd, 1946

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Inscription description

Signed: brc, Hillier.

Manchester Art Gallery

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