Portrait of a Newlyn fisherman
fine art painting
fine art painting
fine art painting
fine art painting

Frederick James McNamara Evans

English ( b.1859 - d.1929 )

Portrait of a Newlyn fisherman

  • Watercolour
  • Signed lower right

Image size 11.4 inches x 9.5 inches ( 29cm x 24cm )
Frame size 16.3 inches x 14 inches ( 41.5cm x 35.5cm )

£1,895.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Frederick Evans dating from around 1928.
The watercolour is presented and supplied in its’ original high lustre lacquered frame and is behind glass.
The frame has benefitted from some restoration, cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2017 on our instructions.
Previously with T.J. & K. Hocking, (opposite Hotel Victoria), Newquay, Cornwall.
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 watercolour is an honest example of his work, capturing the ruggedness and depth of character in his subject. It is a half-length portrait, showing the character in a cream smock, and red neckerchief tied at this neck, and a brown sou’wester. The fisherman is an old man, his face full of character and experience. We wonder what heroics and dangers he has witnessed or been party to over his years at sea. His face is weathered, and he wears a wonderful white full beard and moustache. His eyebrows are bushy, his gaze steady. Here, we feel, is a man whose life has been hard but whose spirit is strong.