(Paris 1803 - Paris 1869)
The ‘Song of the Sea’ Cliffs at Nanjizal Cove, Land’s End, Cornwall
Inscribed Grotte du chant de la mer Land’s end. at the lower right.
260 x 362 mm. (10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in.)
During his visit to this area Huet was based in the Cornish town of Liskeard, from which he undertook a number of sketching trips. His travels took him as far west as Land’s End, where he made several watercolour views of some of the distinctive sights of the surrounding area, such as the balancing Logan Rock at Treen and this view of a tall, narrow rock arch known as the ‘Song of the Sea’ (‘Zawn Pyg’), part of a sea cliff on an isolated beach at Nanjizal Cove, two kilometres from Land’s End. The artist must have visited the beach - which remains inaccessible by road today - by walking along the coastal path from Land’s End in the north.
A closely related watercolour by Huet of the same view, seen from slightly further down the beach, was exhibited in London in 1969.
By descent in the family of the artist, until 2014.