An avid traveller, Garstin received his artistic training in Antwerp and Paris before settling in Newlyn, Cornwall, in 1886.
Inspired by Manet and the French Impressionists, he worked en plein air primarily with small oil panels. He also taught painting to supplement the sparse income from picture sales, his most notable student being Harold Harvey.
It was while living in Cornwall that he painted this view of Market Jew Street in Penzance from the eastern corner of Market House.
Modestly estimated at £300-500 in an Antique, Fine Art and Interiors Auction at Jacobs & Hunt (22% buyer’s premium) in Liss on February 28, the 2ft 1in x 18in (63 x 46cm) oil on canvas sold for £5000.