Portrait of a Cornish fisherman
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Frederick James McNamara Evans

English ( b.1859 - d.1929 )

Portrait of a Cornish fisherman

  • Watercolour
  • Signed lower right

Image size 29.5 inches x 19.5 inches ( 26cm x 20.5cm )
Frame size 37 inches x 27.2 inches ( 43cm x 37cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Frederick Evans dates from around the turn of the century.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs), mounted using conservation materials and behind glass.
This antique painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The watercolour is signed lower right.

Frederick James McNamara Evans was the son of the artist Henry McNamara Evans. He was born in London on 7th September 1859. He studied art at the Royal Institute schools in London. In the late 1880s he moved to Penzance and joined the growing colony of artists who became known as the Newlyn School of artists. He worked mainly in watercolours.

Evans is best known for his detailed head and shoulder studies of Newlyn’s fisherfolk. Some say that fellow artists used Evan’s paintings as source material for their own work.

Evans exhibited from 1886 and his works were shown at the Royal Academy 4 times and at the New Water Colour Society 11 times. He was at his happiest painting the old fisherfolk of Newlyn and its surrounds.

He died in Redinnick Terrace, Penzance in 1929.

This original watercolour work, now well over a century old, captures the personality and likeness of a Cornish fisherman, one of this dying breed of rare men for whom life was hard and dangerous. It is an honest example of Evans work. The watercolour is a head and shoulders portrait; the fisherman is of mature years, with character and experience etched into his features. He has a kind, wise expression, a white beard and bushy eyebrows. He wears a brown sou’wester and a red neckerchief.