'Taffy' a steamer battling against heavy seas. A naive painting, possibly painted by a pierhead artist. These local artists were commissioned by the boat owner or skipper of the illustrated ships and boats.
This ship is typical of the type of vessel that moved goods along the coast of the UK in the late 19th and early 20th century. Maybe this was a Welsh boat given its name.
The name 'Taffy' is usually associated with Wales and Welsh men, perhaps after the River Taff on which Cardiff was built, or from the very common Welsh name David, familiarly Davy, which becomes in Welsh Taffid, Taffy.
Oil on milled board.
Signed G Jewitt and dated 1911 bottom right.
British Folk Art School.
In original oak frame.
Sight: 17.5" x 11” (45cm x 28cm)
Frame: 21.5” " x 15” (55cm x 38cm)