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Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947) - 1886 Etching, Off to the Fishing Ground



Sharp linework is used in this beautiful etching to depict fishermen sailing out to sea.

Signed and incsribed on the reverse. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. There is light foxing.


15.5 x 21.3cm (6.1" x 8.4")
Sheet: 33.1 x 43.9cm (13" x 17.3")

Artist Biography

Forbes was born in Dublin, the son of Juliette de Guise Forbes, a French woman, and William Forbes, an English railway manager, who was later transferred to London. He had an older brother, Sir William Forbes, who was a railway manager for the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway.

He was married in the summer of 1889 to fellow painter Elizabeth Armstrong at Newlyn's St Peter's Church. Their first home was at the "Cliffs Castle" cottage, which overlooked the sea. They had a son named Alexander (Alec). The couple had a home built for the family in Higher Faughan, Penzance. Elizabeth died in 1912.

In 1915, Forbes married friend and previous student Maudie Palmer, who had been "assistant, helper and friend to the whole Forbes family." During the First World War his son Alec served in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and was killed in August 1916. He is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery.

Forbes died in Newlyn on 2 March 1947 at the age of 89. He was buried in the churchyard of Sancreed Parish Church.

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Code qa147
Artist Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857-1947)
Date 1886
Dimensions 15.5 x 21.3cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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