Title: Morning on the Sea Coast

An engraving by E. Ratcliffe from a painting by Frederick Richard Lee R.A.


An October 2019 image taken directly from an original engraving published by Virtue & Co. in 1851 (First Edition).

The engraving is from a fine oil painting by the landscape artist, Frederick Richard Lee R.A. (1798-1879). The painting was exhibited in 1834.


The painting once hung in the Vernon Gallery. It was presented to the Tate Gellery, London by Robert Vernon in 1847.

The original title of the painting was 'Scene on the Lincolnshire Coast' (Mr. Vernon's catalogue). The Tate's title is 'Sea Coast, Sunrise'. It's a shame that the painting has lost its association with Lincolnshire. Tate have been approached with a comment to this effect.

We believe that the painting may well be a view from the Gedney Drove End area of Lincolnshire looking east towards the sun and the chalk cliffs near Hunstanton in Norfolk.

Frederick Richard Lee R.A. was born in Devon and died in South Africa. He is known to have painted at least one other picture in Lincolnshire i.e. 'Sleaford, Lincolnshire' and, possibly, 'Gathering Seaweed'.

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