Jolly Strollers

Jolly Strollers, 1888
Richard Ellis Wilkinson (1854-1891)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 02375
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Jolly Strollers

This painting, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1888, was painted whilst the artist was living in St Ives, Cornwall, near Newlyn. The Newlyn School was an art colony of artists based in or near Newlyn, a fishing village adjacent to Penzance, on the south coast of Cornwall, from the 1880s until the early 20th century.

Newlyn had a number of factors that attracted artists: long hours of fantastic light, mild climate, cheap living and the availability of inexpensive models. The artists were fascinated by the fishermen’s working life, everyday life in the local communities and the landscape.

Richard Ellis Wilkinson’s paintings consist of landscape and genre scenes characterised by their plein air (outside) approach. They painted in the open air as opposed to a studio to give a greater realism and real sense of light to their work.

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