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Afternoon Sailing

Afternoon Sailing is one of the rare landscapes painted by John Frederick Peto, an artist known for his still lifes. This luminous and open painting with its golden sand, sea and sky contrasts with his crammed, sombre studies of objects. Nonetheless, there is a special conceptual link between the two genres, since, as John Wilmerding points out, Peto “always [...] thought in still-life terms, so t…