Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history


This title is taken from Shakespeare, most notably from the play King Lear. The painting was sent to the Royal Academy in 1889 but was not hung. It is believed that the committee thought the painting too 'French' in style. When the painting first came into the possession of Penzance Town Council, it was not displayed as it was decided that tourists would be put off by the depiction of Penzance in the rain. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular works in the collection.

The Rain It Raineth Every Day

Record Number: PEZPH : 1989.61
Title: --
Full name: Oil Painting
Person: Garstin, Norman
Date: 1889