Provincial 19th-Century British Maritime Scene

Provincial 19th-Century British Maritime Scene

A naive 19th-century maritime scene depicting several British ships within a busy harbour. The ship in the foreground appears to be a clipper or frigate with 20 cannon. It’s flying the British Red Ensign and could possibly be a merchant ship.

The painting is signed ‘M Powell’ and dated in the lower right.

A charming old piece.

Oil on canvas
27½” x 16” / 70cm x 40cm
Year of creation
c. 1878
Private collection, England
Craquelure throughout and one crack through the sail at the stern of the ship. Possibly recently cleaned.

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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