Waiting for the Tide (St Ives Fishing Fleet)

H I Babbage, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Great Britain in 1910.
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About the Work
“I saw an exhibition of Herbert Babbage’s work at The Sarjeant Gallery in 1999. I have been an enthusiastic admirer of his work ever since. ‘Waiting for the Tide’ is an example of Babbage at his impressionistic best when describing light, reflected where it falls on water. It is typical of the work being produced in St Ives during the time Babbage had a studio there in Porthminster Square. He brought this painting with him when he came back to New Zealand for two years in 1909 and it was shown (Lot 214) at the 21st annual exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Arts. I have chosen this painting because it displays the qualities of marine painting that both Herbert Babbage, and many other St Ives School artists, who were his contemporaries, accomplished so convincingly.”
Jim Norris, a retired farmer and company manager, for the March 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.
Image 900 x 1055mm
Frame 1125 x 1275mm
oil on canvas
Seascape of sailing boats with beach and rocks in foreground. Pale lemon yellows and blues with lots of reflection of the light sky in the water. Impressionist style.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Bequest of the artist, 1918
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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