Setting Out to Fish 1878
John Singer Sargent. (1856-1925) is best known for his glamorous society portraits - but his work is far more varied than that. An obsession with water, particularly the sea, was developed which he was still a young man during time spent in Brittany, Normandy, and Nice, and while taking two transatlantic voyages.
The fact that the sea was in Sargent's blood - having come from a family of ship-loaders - must surely have had some bearing on the artist's interest in all things marine.