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The sands, Newquay



Charles Conder

England, Australia

24 Oct 1868 - 09 Feb 1909


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.


Place where the work was made

Cornwall England



Media category


Materials used

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.


Purchased 1986


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Charles Conder

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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. 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; 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 53, 'The Sands'.