?Robinson, Fisher & Harding 11 October 1928 (lot 21);
bought by M. R. L. White for £15-4-6;
Sir Philip Sassoon Bt MP;
thence by descent
Christiana Payne, John Brett: Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter, Yale University Press, 2010, cat no 635
Brett, ever versatile and observant, was master of both minute detail and general effect, sometimes in the same picture. This painting is handled broadly to capture the fleeting moment of sunset at the end of a bright and breezy day’s sailing off Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel. Painted in 1872, the picture is based upon sketches made in September 1867. The yacht, a gaff ketch, is heading south-east, probably to the harbour at Appledore for the night, about 20 miles away. Brett painted it for his best patron, Alfred Morrison of Fonthill, who owned several other paintings by Brett, of which the largest and most important was Christmas Morning 1866 (Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth). The picture’s pair, Dawn off Lundy Island, also Morrison’s, has been missing since 1899.