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Thomas Hart FSA (1830-1916) - Watercolour, Coverack and the Manacle Rocks



A charming watercolour painting with gouache details, depicting a view in Coverack with the manacle rocks in the distance, showing the masts of the SS Mohegan steamer. The inscription on the reverse reads: 'Coverack and the Manacle Rocks, showing the SS Paris ashore and the masts of the Mohegan.' Signed to the lower left-hand corner. Well-presented in a double card mount and in a gilt effect frame.

On watercolour paper.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and very minor foxing. Some scuffs to the frame, mainly to the corners.


24.8 x 37.5cm (9.8" x 14.8")
Framed Size: 46.4 x 57.6cm (18.3" x 22.7")

Artist Biography

A self-taught painter, he was born in Crowan, near Helston, Cornwall, where he lived for the whole of his working life, firstly in Falmouth, and from the early 1860’s at the Lizard. He was a regular exhibitor and frequent prize-winner at the annual exhibitions of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society, specialising in marine and coastal subjects. Hart also exhibited at London's Grosvenor Gallery, and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He travelled widely on the continent and spent many summers painting in Norway, where he had a studio. Several of Hart's twelve children also became artists. As a watercolourist, he painted mainly coastal scenes around the Lizard, Cornwall. There is some evidence to suggest that he was also a professional photographer with a studio in Plymouth, between the late 1850’s and early 1860’s.
From the middle of the 1870’s, he began to use the initials FSA after his name, although it is not certain what this stands for as there is no evidence to show that he was ever elected a Fellow of the Society of Artists. He won two Silver Medals at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society in 1868 and again in 1871. The following year, he exhibited for the first time at the RA and he journeyed across the Continent painting topographical views mainly of churches. Between 1874 and 1896 he regularly visited Odda in Norway, where he painted the surrounding landscape which he then sold to tourists. Examples of his work are in the collection of Penlee House Museum, Cornwall. The father of twelve children, seven of whom became artists namely Horace Percival, Herbert Passingham, Claude Montague, Tracey Douglas, Ruby Irene, Marie Louise and Sydney Ernest Hart.

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Code qi182
Artist Thomas Hart FSA (1830-1916)
Date Early 20th Century
Dimensions 24.8 x 37.5cm
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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