After his early training in London, Stanhope Forbes travelled to France in 1880 where he studied initially at Leon Bonnat’s Paris studio before heading to Brittany where he first began to paint in the open air, a practice he favoured for the remainder of his career.
In 1884, back in Britain, Forbes settled in the picturesque Cornish fishing village of Newlyn near Penzance, and along with his artist wife Elizabeth, became a leading figure in the growing colony of artists there and in nearby St Ives
(Oil on canvas, dimensions 1.3 m x 1.73 m, created 1880–1881)
It was included in the Seventh Impressionist Exhibition in 1882 and identified as the best painting in the show by three critics. Location now: The Phillips Collection.