Joseph Benwell Clark, 1857 - 1938
Boat Builders Workshop, Torcross, Devon
Boat Builders Workshop, Torcross, Devon
1st April 1882

initialed lower left, titled and dated "1882" on the reverse

Oil on Canvas
36 x 46 cm. (14.1/4 x 18.1/4in.)


Joseph Clark was a painter of domestic genre and rustic subjects, he exhibited at the RA, SS, GG and elsewhere. At the RA he exhibited a portrait of Henry Scott Tuke and Military subjects set in
Afghanistan. A Dorset artist and illustrator, who became curator of The Royal Academy of Arts. His portrait of Henry Scott Tuke was exhibited at The Royal Academy. Torcross is a small village at the southern end of Slapton Sands, a narrow strip of coastal road and shingle beach separating Slapton Ley from Start Bay. It is now well known as the beach where many lives were lost during rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944 and there is a memorial tank, which was recovered from the sea. Slapton Ley is freshwater lake forming part of a nature reserve and is popular with bird watchers. Storms frequently cause damage and nearby Hallsands was destroyed by a storm in 1917, with just a few ruined cottages remaining.