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On the Wings of the Wind

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Robert Morton Nance was a writer and major exponent of the Cornish language as well as a painter and came from a large Cornish family. Though he was born in South Wales, he spent much of his boyhood in St Ives learning about sailing ships from his grandfather. He studied for a while at Cardiff Art School, as well as drawing in St Ives and in 1895 had three paintings shown at the Royal Academy. He also illustrated several maritime books for schools, such as 'Britain's Sea Story' published in 1905.

Royal Cornwall Museum



oil on canvas


H 92 x W 153 cm

Accession number

TRURI : 1000.48

Work type


Royal Cornwall Museum

River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ England

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