Joan Gilchrest was born in London in 1918. In 1958 she moved to Mousehole where she exhibited her work at the Newlyn Art Gallery and the St. Ives society of artists. Here she painted the life of the rugged Cornish fishing life of Newlyn, Mousehole and St,Ives. Joan Gilchrest's oil painting were naive and influenced by Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and Bryan Pearce. This is one of her largest scale works and is one of her favourite subjects, Mousehole harbour.
Private collection, Cornwall