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Storr Rock, Lady's Cove, le soir

SISLEY, Alfred (1839 - 1899)

Storr Rock, Lady's Cove, le soir

Date: 1897

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 65.5 cm x 81.5 cm

Acquired: 2004; Purchase; with the assistance of Art Fund (Centenary Appeal)

Accession Number: NMW A 26362

Alfred Sisley was the only major Impressionist artist to work in Wales, spending July to September 1897 in Penarth, near Cardiff, and Langland Bay, on the Gower Peninsula. These paintings of south Wales, which explore the effects of light and weather, are his only seascapes, and recall Monet's views of the Breton Coast. Sisley had married his long-term partner Eugénie Lescouzec during his stay in Penarth, and the visit to Langland Bay was their honeymoon, though both were in declining health.

The Langland Bay pictures fall into two groups: firstly, views along the beach at Lady's Cove (now called Rotherslade Bay), overlooked by the Osborne Hotel, where he stayed; secondly, a number of paintings centred on Storr's Rock. He was fascinated by this enormous, isolated outcrop of rock close to the hotel and painted it at varying stages of the tide. This painting shows the north face of the rock at low tide on a sunny evening.


Phillip Mills
5 September 2018, 20:21
An exhibition of the South Wales paintings by Alfred Sisley would create a great deal of interest .Phil Mills
Marc Haynes Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
23 August 2018, 16:32

Dear Philip,

You're quite right; according to the exhibition catalogue Sisley in England and Wales (published in 2008) there are 20 known works produced by Sisley during his time in south Wales. We have one other depiction of the Welsh coast by him in our collection: The Cliff at Penarth, evening, low tide.

Best wishes,

Digital Team

Phillip John Mills
20 August 2018, 19:44
Would love to see other works of South Wales coast by Alfred Sisley. I believe there were up to twenty
13 January 2016, 18:59
I spent many hundreds of happy youthful hours in Rotherslade. When my parents and I heard the gong for lunch at the Osborne Hotel (now alas torn down) we imagined that the sandwiches we were eating were much better then the fancy food offered at the hotel dining room. I often used to jump off the Big Rock (as we called it) into the sea, so shall look for a painting that shows higher tide than this one. Last summer I saw an exhibition from the National Museum of Wales at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and there, to my delight, was the Big Rock!
Vivien Bosley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Belinda Docherty
22 March 2014, 11:14
It was a delight to come across this Alfred Sisley painting of Storrs Rock, Langland Bay. It caught my eye and drew me in because of the light. The painter has cleverly used a person to show the scale of the rock. When I read about the painting I was thrilled to find that this was painted at Langland Bay. (A place very close to my heart. I have spent many hours there and continue to visit all through the year!) However, in all my memorable times there I never discovered Storrs Rock! Thanks to my visit to the national museum and discovery of Alfred Sisley I shall now see Storrs Rock and marvel at how and why I found it!
Belinda Docherty ( Neath, West Glamorgan)
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