Bellany, John - The Eyemouth disaster

Artist: Bellany, John
Materials: Lithograph
Dimensions (cm): 60 x 40 cm image (slightly irregular) on 73.5 x 53.5 cm sheet
Dimensions (inches): 29 x 21 sheet
Signature: Signed Bellany lower right and numbered 11/50
Frame: Currently unframed
Stock No: MB19
Price: £
Provenance: Gift from the artist to his sister

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Genre: Human figure


The Eyemouth disaster was caused by a storm off the south-eastern coast of Scotland in 1881 in which 189 fishermen, most of them from the fishing community of Eyemouth, were drowned after being driven onto the treacherous Hurkur rocks that lie outside Eyemouth harbour bay. This picture portrays a young mother with her child and an older woman waiting, almost certainly in vain, for her husband to return.

Eyemouth was not only associated in Bellany’s mind with disaster; It was also the home of his much loved grandparents.