In this large and appealing seascape, Samuel Phillips Jackson has portrayed a subject close to his heart, the tranquil shoreline of west Cornwall bay. The artist spent much of his time painting in and around the coasts of Devon and Cornwall and the majority of his works feature splendid views of these pleasant regions.
Jackson has employed in this work a talent for soft coloration and muted brush technique to bring out the subtle shadings and strong textures of an ever changing shoreline. The painting shows great depth in its composition and the artist has animated the overall scene with a gentle rolling surf and the ever present seabirds.
As a painter of sea and shore, Jackson excelled amongst his peers. His paintings show a closeness to nature that he developed through endless hours spent observing the watery environment and striving to capture its elusive character. The final product of his endeavors are the paintings that survive today in some of the world's most important collections.