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Dutch Herring Bus Unloading on the Beach

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Netherlands
    City: The Hague
    Place: British Embassy

    While a lone man on horseback rides along the shore, a Dutch fishing boat unloads the days’ catch. This view of a ship on the coast with fishermen is typical of the work of William Shayer.

  • About the artist
    William Shayer was born in Southampton, where he began his career as a painter of furniture. He later established himself as a coach painter in Guildford, Surrey. He became known for skilfully painting coats of arms and painted the funeral escutcheon for the fourth Earl of Richmond. After returning to Southampton to visit his family, he received some instruction from landscapist John (Jock) Wilson. Shayer then moved to Bladon Lodge, Shirley, near Southampton, to establish himself as a landscape artist. He became a member of the Society of British Artists in 1862 and also exhibited at the Royal Academy and the British Institution in London. He died aged 92, at his home in Shirley. The artist William Joseph Shayer (1811-1892) was his son.
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  • Details
    Title
    Dutch Herring Bus Unloading on the Beach
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 49.00 cm, width: 87.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Parker Gallery, October 1961
    Provenance
    With the Parker Gallery, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in October 1964
    GAC number
    5647