HOLL, Frank
(b. 1845, London, d. 1888, London)

No Tidings from the Sea

1870
Oil on canvas, 71 x 91 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor

This painting shows the interior of a fisherman's cottage in the early morning after a storm. The seating woman has been out all night looking for her husband who is now presumed dead. There are two small children: a daughter who clings to the skirts of an elderly woman and a small boy asleep on the floor with a toy boat beside him.

The painting is based on a scene witnessed by the artist in the coastal village of Cullercoats in Northumberland.