This work is a study for the painting titled “Whiffing” by the Newlyn artist Frank Gascoigne Heath. The finished painting was sold at Christie’s in London on the 3rd of November 1999 and is slightly smaller (14 in x 11 in). Subsequently, the painting was exhibited at the Two Temple Place Gallery, London, entitled ‘Amongst Heroes: The Artist in Working Cornwall.’ 2013. The picture can also be viewed online @ Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance – Frank Gascoigne Heath Exhibition. A photo of the finished work has been applied to the back of the frame so as to compare it with our sketch. The most obvious difference with our sketch can be seen where a Jetty has been included in the background of the finished painting.
A good biography with many examples of Heath’s work can be found online: Frank Heath and The Newlyn School.