Dutch Pinks Returning From Sea, Katwyke, Holland c. 1876-77.

This striking oil on canvas depicts boats called pinks which were small but substantial Dutch fishing vessels.

The artist, Edwin Hayes (1820 – 1904 ) was London born but in his formative years studied drawing and painting at the Dublin Society Art School before returning to London in 1852.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time in 1855 and was a member of the Royal Hibernian Society and of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours although most of his work was in oils.

As a young man he had spent time at sea and had a great love of marine scenery. He spent his life painting seascapes and travelling across the Continent to capture the variability of sea and sky and a variety of boats in differing weather conditions.

The painting was a bequest of Edith Clare Booth (1884-1964) of Park Road, Lytham St Annes.