Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
“Herring Lassie with Cran” – Work in Progress, Oil on Linen, 36 x 24 inches. This is the end of the 1st painting, blocked in with muted tones. Some more refinement to follow.
The main European markets for salted herring were Germany, the Baltic States and Russia and the First World War seriously damaged these markets. Germany suffered from serious inflation after the First World War and many curers were paid in worthless money. Also, these countries built up fishing fleets of their own. By the 1930s the herring catch in Scotland had fallen to a fraction of what it was in the early part of the 20th century.
Herring fishing was a failure during the 20-year period between the first and second world wars. The Second World War finally brought about the end of the herring curing industry and the herring girls, “Clanighean-a-sgadan” with their peculiar skills were redundant, no longer needed.