Provincial 19th-Century British Maritime Scene

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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.