Earthenware Figure of Dolly Pentreath, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
A standing figure of Dolly Pentreath carrying a basket of fish in a hod held to her head by a black band. Dating from the 19th century, the ceramic figure was manufactured in Swansea and measures 20.5 cm high. Dolly, or Dorothy, Pentreath (around 1692-1777) is considered by many people to be the last person to speak Cornish as a first language. Her memorial in Paul churchyard is inscribed 'Here lieth interred Dorothy Pentreath who died in 1777, said to have been the last person who conversed in the ancient Cornish. The regular language of this county from the earliest records till it expired in the eighteenth century in this Parish of Saint Paul'.
The Harbour, Newlyn, Cornwall. 1898
A Two masted lugger PZ 207under sail entering Newlyn harbour. Five crew members are visible on the deck. Another lugger hidden by the sail also enters the harbour ahead of PZ 207. More luggers are visible in the harbour background including PZ 148. A group of people including one woman, stand watching from the end of North Pier. Two men in the group continue to concentrate on their angling. Photographer: Herbert Hughes.
© From the collection of the RIC
The Shrimper, Richard Harry Carter (1839–1911)
Oil on canvas, English School. Richard Harry Carter was born in Truro and became one of the buyers in Cornwall of copper for the smelting firm of Vivian & Sons, Swansea. His spare time was spent sketching around Cornwall. After a number of years, he relinquished his business appointment and devoted himself entirely to his painting. Carter's early works were chiefly sea and coastal subjects, painted in watercolour, but later he expanded his genre to include figures and oil painting. Carter was also influenced by the work of Charles Napier Hemy whose style and subjects he greatly admired and whose yacht studio he frequently visited. Many of his best works were painted in Scotland and the Shetland Isles. He also visited Volendam and Dordrecht where he found new subjects to paint. Carter exhibited at the Royal Academy for eleven years and at the New Watercolour Society, now known as the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, for eighteen years. His watercolours were often on a monumental scale, often over six feet long.