THIS OBJECT IS PART OF THE PROJECT 'A HISTORY OF CORNWALL IN 100 OBJECTS'.
FALMOUTH ART GALLERY. Charles Napier Hemy, the artist, later wrote about this painting: 'I painted it off St Anthony lighthouse on board my boat the Vandermeer and I think I have caught something of the freshness of the sea. The net is what they call a trammel, and is set overnight and hauled in the morning, and brings up mostly flat fish, John Dory and Red Mullet. The fishermen never go out into deep water but set their nets close inshore, hence the name of the picture.'
Hemy, lived the last half of his working life in Falmouth. He enlivened his pictures with a splash of colour - in this case a red hat - like Turner. He became the official painter to the Royal Yacht Squadron.
Since medieval times fishing had been an essential part of Cornwall's economy and overseas trade.