In August 1906, Charles Conder travelled to Newquay on the Cornish coast. He had spent the previous two months at Whitehall Sanatorium recovering from a stroke, and hoped that the sea air and rest would enable him to begin painting again.
Conder produced drawings and small oils of the beach and cliffs at Newquay. He wrote to his friend William Rothenstein, ‘there is a most lovely beach and one sees such charming sights of a kind of strange picturesque people who are always on the beach’. Amongst the last of Conder’s paintings, these works recall his happy years in Australia, where he painted the beaches at Coogee, Bronte and Sandringham.
oil on canvas
38.0 x 52.7 cm stretcher; 62.5 x 78.4 x 12.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Exhibition of the art of the late Charles Conder (1913), The Leicester Galleries, London, 01 Jan 1913–31 Jan 1913
Charles Conder retrospective (2003-2004):
Referenced in 9 publications
Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Wild colonials: Australian artists and the Newlyn and St Ives colonies, Bendigo, 2009, 48-49 (colour illus.). NOTE: general information relating to the artist and his work, particularly his work in Newquay, pg. 87-88.
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 35 (illus.).
Ann Galbally, Charles Conder 1868-1909, 'Charles Conder: a fin-de-siècle enigma', pg. 43-54, Sydney, 2003, 54, 135 (colour illus.), 194. cat.no. 62
Ann Galbally, Charles Conder: the last bohemian, Melbourne, 2002, 275. general reference to Newquay works
Frank Gibson and Campbell Dodgson, Charles Conder: his life and work, London, 1914, 42. general reference to Newquay works
Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder, Melbourne, 1972. C112; illus.no. 36
Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'K' is for Conder: Charles Conder retrospective, Sydney, 2003, (illus.). not paginated
Sir John Rothenstein, The life and death of Conder, London, 1938, 228, 231-235. general reference to Newquay works
The Leicester Galleries, Catalogue of an exhibition of the art of the late Charles Conder, London, 1913, 13. possibly cat.no. 53, 'The Sands'.