Mullion Harbour from Polbream by Thomas Hart F.S.A
Overall Frame Size 18.75 ins (477 mm) by 16.75 ins (426 mm)
Image Size 9.75 ins (247 mm) by 6.75 ins (173 mm)
Born 1830 Crowan Cornwall, Died 1916 The Lizard, Cornwall
Thomas was a prolific painter in watercolours and oil. He lived up to the mid 1860 in Falmouth, Cornwall, the home of several known artists.
In 1865 the family moved to the Lizard Point in Cornwall,
He painted a large volume of work including this watercolour Mullion Harbour from Polbream by Thomas Hart F.S.A.
He exhibited at the Royal academy, Grosvenor Gallery and at numerous venues in the UK. His work sold from the 1850’s. Thomas traveled widely in the UK and also in Europe gathering ideas and working “Plein Air”.
From 1880 to the early 1900’s Thomas spent 2 month’s in Odda Norway where he set up a studio.
He and his wife Louisa had 11 children, 6 of them became professional Painters. In the late 1800’s numerousTitled people in the UK and throughout Europe purchased his paintings.
or Porth Mellin is a small community on the west coast of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, England. It is on the eastern side of the Mount’s Bay. The Cove forms part of the parish of Mullion, and is accessible by road from Mullion village, 1 mile (1.6 km) away to the north east, and also by the popular South West coast path. It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Cove is 5 miles (8 km) south of Porthleven and 14 miles (23 km) southeast of Penzance by sea. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Helston by land and 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Falmouth by land. In 1937, a 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of the coast from Mullion Cove to Predannack was preserved for the nation with the help of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England and the National Trust.
The coast in this part of Cornwall can be a wild and rugged place, and storms have long raced across the Atlantic with strong south west and westerly gales. The Cove is partly protected from the winds and ocean currents by Mullion Island or Enys Pruen, which lies about 720 yards (660 m) offshore to the southwest.
Occupancy of the Cove goes back several hundred years, but in the early 1800s it had three working Grist Mills, including “Criggan Mill, Mullion Mill Farm” (List Entry Number 1141889) (currently listed as Criggan Mill, Mullion Cove), census in 1841 the Cove had several working fish cellars, net lofts and two thatched cottages. The Census of 1841 was the first to intentionally record names of all individuals in a household or institution. Until the early 20th century it had a thriving inshore pilchard seine fishing industry, was part of the Mounts Bay Fishery and also had a long history of crab, lobster and crawfish fishing using traditional Cornish methods with locally manufactured withy pots.