signed and dated "D. James 90" (lower right) and inscribed with the title "Manawaur Rocks, Scilly" and signed and dated (on the reverse).
Provenance: The Sloane Gallery, U.K.
Museums: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The Isles of Scilly form an archipelago of five inhabited islands and numerous other small rocky islets lying 45km off Land's End-the southwesternmost tip of Great Britain.
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David James was a prolific painter of coastal views and seascapes, who flourished at the end of the 19th century. Unfortunately little is known of the artist's personal life.
James realistic style distinguished him from his contemporaries and his keen eye allowed him to capture the beauty, grace and magnificence of the sea. He was particularly skilled at painting waves.
He exhibited extensively during a short period of time, including the Royal Academy between 1886-1897.