It is a lovely depiction of Penzance's promenade and is quite in keeping with the dreadful weather Cornwall is experiencing at the moment. Completed in 1889, it is an oil on canvas by Norman Garstin. Garstin was an artist, journalist and art critic born in Limerick Ireland in 1847. He married in 1886 and moved his family to Penzance in 1895 and became a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. An admirer of their work he said they were "filled with this idea of a fresh unarranged nature to be studied in her fields, and by her streams, and on the margin of her great seas – in these things they were to find the motives of their art."
This painting is Garstin's most famous piece of work and is entitled 'The Rain, it Raineth Every Day' it takes its name from Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.