19th-Century British School

Maritime Scene With Turbulent Sea

19th-Century British School

Maritime Scene With Turbulent Sea

This energetic late 19th-century British oil painting depicts a busy maritime scene.

Several fishing vessels, battered by the elements, lean violently amid a relentless sea. A coastal town beyond seems like a mirage. They’re so close to civilization yet immersed in the perils of sailing. The ‘Gipsy’ is heeling, its red ensign fluttering frantically.

It’s an accomplished piece with a particularly intelligent composition. Note the two steamboats chugging away in the distance. They create a triangle when viewed with the ‘Gipsy’ - drawing the eye towards the main action, thus building drama. There’s also an interesting diagonal from the bottom right through to the tallest buildings on the shore.

The painting is unsigned and we feel it’s probably a study ahead of a larger piece by a well-established artist. There’s evidence of changes, such as with the highest ensign, which has moved position.

Held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas laid on board
Overall size: 36½” x 26½” / 93cm x 67cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Labels & Inscriptions: Name on reverse, probably relating to its previous owner.
Provenance: Private collection, Sweden.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Craquelure but the paint is stable. Previous restorations including areas of in-painting. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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