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William Banks Fortescue (c.1855-1924) - 1884 Chalk Drawing, A Little More Yarn



A fine copy of the painting by Winslow Homer in chalk. The artist has inscribed the details of the painting and the date to the lower left hand corner.

The painting is presented in a gilt effect frame with a cream card mount.

On chalk paper.


The drawing and frame are in fine condition.


17.9 x 23.3cm (7" x 9.2")
Framed Size: 30.8 x 34.8cm (12.1" x 13.7")

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Artist Biography

Painter who was born in Birmingham and was a member of the RBSA. He began his working life as an engineering designer in his native city, however during the 1880’s he turned to art becoming a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. He studied in Paris, and in 1883 travelled to Venice for further study. On his return he exhibited at RBSA, becoming an Associate of the RBSA in 1884. He eventually settled in St. Ives in late 1880's where he shared lodgings with Stanhope Forbes, the most famous and influential artist in Cornwall at that time. Fortescue became a well-known figure as he rode about on his grey horse with an easel strapped to his back.
A prolific exhibitor, he showed at all the leading galleries in both London and the provinces, including the Nottingham Castle Museum, Dowdeswells, Plymouth Art Gallery, RA, RBA, RWA and ROI, RBSA. His subject matter was in the traditional Newlyn style and encompassed landscape, still-life and genre often relating to ships and boats. He was elected a full member of the RBSA in 1899, and was also a member of the St. Ives Arts Club, of which he acted as President in 1907. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport Art Gallery, RWA and Penlee House Museum, Cornwall. He died in St. Ives and is buried at Zennor.

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Code qf376
Artist William Banks Fortescue (c.1855-1924)
Date 1884
Dimensions 17.9 x 23.3cm
Medium Pastel
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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