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18 September 2013

Falmouth painting to fetch £6,000 at auction

A painting by a Falmouth artist of the local area will be put up for auction next month and experts have already predicted that the piece could fetch up to £6,000. 'The Ferryman' by Charles Napier Hemy was painted in 1882 and has since become one of his most popular paintings.

'The Ferryman' was completed shortly after Charles Napier Hemy moved to Falmouth, a town that he called home for the rest of his life. He made his name in the world of art, particularly for maritime paintings that were inspired by the region's fishing industry and stunning coastline. According to the late Brian Stewart, Falmouth Art Gallery's former director, Hemy was an expert at painting the sea and he wrote, "The ocean’s swell, the power, strength and dangers are all captured with a brilliance rarely equalled and never surpassed" in Hemy's work.
The Bonhams auction of 'The Ferryman' will occur in London on 2nd October, but those who will soon be staying in 5 star cottages in Cornwall can visit Falmouth before then and see the scenes that inspired this valuable painting.

Image Credit: savagecat (flickr.com)

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