The photo doesnt really do it justice, it has a lovely creamy quality to it and has been worked in oils with both a brush and pallate knife. It is signed by Ken Johnson, but not dated and on the back is a little strip saying 'Morning Light Sandsend' so the stranger and I were right!
I was about to leave feeling very blessed when .... I saw this one:
I wasnt too sure about it but it was also by the same artist, so I couldnt leave it behind. They might need each other. Stupid thought I know but that is what crossed my mind.
Anyhow I am pleased I did get it, it didnt have a name like the other one but it looked familiar and after a bit of research it turns out to be Robin Hoods bay which is just along the coast from Whitby.
I found a photo of Robin Hoods bay from 1900 that looks very similar to this as the modern photos have slightly different buildings on the right hand side but I reckon it is 50's early 60's though by the style of painting.
Not bad for £14 :-)