Fine Art Emporium - Ship Portraits, Marine Art and Nautical Antiques
 
Art Gallery of Old Ship Portraits and Marine Paintings
 
A Selection of Early Sailing Vessels of all countries (between 1870-1923) - Updated

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Image of Henry Loos  Painting

Henry Loos. - Ship Portrait of the British Schooner-Brigg "Five Sisters" 1871, the vessel calling for a pilot in the English Channel, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 53 x 77 cm, very good condition, not relined, original gilt frame, one of a pair of paintings from the same captain - Private Collection Germany

Note: the typical signature of Henry Loos is as follows:

, nearly all of his works are signed. Click on photo to enlarge.



Image of Lind Painting

A. Lind - Ship Portrait of the Norwegian Bark "Brigida af Drammen, Captn. L.P. Galmeyer" 1871, the vessel under full sail calling for a pilot with white cliffs in the distance, signed and dated, Watercolor and Gouache 56 x 80 cm, good condition, ex-collection of the Maritime Historian Holm-Petersen of Troense, Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: The sky and the sails are painted in watercolor (heightened with white), while the hull and sea section is painted in Gouache. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Petersen Painting

Heinrich Petersen - Ship Portrait of the Swedish full-rigged Ship "Krusebjörn fran Hudiksvall" 1871, the vessel is shown under full sail off Heligoland, signed by "H. Petersen & P.C. Holm" and dated, Oil on canvas, 46 x 63 cm, good condition, no inpaint and not relined, original gilt frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany.

Note: This painting was executed in co-operation with P.C. Holm. It has the typical composition, colors and frame of a work by these artists at the peak of their artistic carreer. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium..



Image of Luzzo Picture

Giovanni Luzzo - Ship Portrait of the German Schooner "*Anna* Capt. H. Bartels 1871", the vessel of Cranz / Amts Jork is shown off Venice, Marcus Square Watercolor 33 x 52 cm (13 x 20 1/2 in.) not signed but attributed to a member of the Luzzo family (possibly Giovanni) , inscribed with title lower right The Werder Collection

Note: The *Anna* was built in 1859 and under the command of Capt. Bartels. It had 94 tons and 5 men crew. A chronometer was not on board (which made navigation not easier!). Click on the image to enlarge the picture. Photo Copyright.



Image of Leitner Marine Painting

Heinrich Leitner (German, 1842-1913) - Marine Painting with a Brig in the North Sea at evening light 1872 in the background two three-masted sailing ships in combat and some other vessels in the background Oil on canvas 16 3/4 by 30 1/2 inch (42,5 x 77,5 cm) signed lower left: "H. Leitner" and dated 1872 good condition, in a 19th Century bird`s eye frame - Private Collection

Note: This painting with the romantic atmosphere is a typical and well executed work from his Oeuvre with interesting sunset light effects on the water and on the starboard side of the Brig. It is possible that it shows an incident from the Danish-Prussian War in 1864, when the Danish forces fighted in the Northern Sea against the Prussian-Austrian fleet. Click on image to enlarge. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Luzzo Painting

Vinzenco Luzzo - Ship Portrait of the German Schoonerbrig "Lorenz" ca. 1875, the vessel of Hamburg is shown off Venice at fair weather, Watercolor, 34 x 53 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Western Germany

Note: We know different signatures by the members of the Luzzo family, which appear also as "Luzro" etc. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Eduard Adam Ship Portrait

Edourd Adam. - Ship Portrait of the *Menai Straits off Cape de la Heve* 1878 The British Bark under full sail passing Cape Heve (near Le Havre), a pilot boat arriving in the background Oil on canvas 62 x 92 cm (24 1/2 x 36 in.) signed lower right "Ed Adam", dated "1878" and further inscribed "Havre" good condition, not relined, one repair in the left sky section, slight inpaint, usual crackle, nice old gold frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: An early and very well done work by the famous French ship portrait artist with a romantic early evening impression. Paintings with a quality like this one were the reason why Adam Senior has been elected as official marine painter for the French government and why he is represented in the Musee de la Marine in Paris with a permanent exhibition. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.

Italian Naples Ship Portrait

Italian artist (Naples) - Ship Portrait of the Brigantine "Adolph" in the Bay of Naples - ca. 1878 - The vessel is shown under full sail, Vesuvius and other shipping in the distance- , Gouache on paper - inscribed in the centre with the name of the vessel - 48 x 72 cm (19 x 28 inch) plus frame - minor signs of age, otherwise very good condition - Private Collection, Aschaffenburg, Germany - Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations

Note: This painting is framed under the antique glass and a delicate picture. We are currently offering it only for Germany and selected European destinations. The "Adolph" was built in 1867 in Apenrade and measured at 208 Tons. In 1878 it belonged to E.E. Nielsen & Capt. in Rudkobing (Rudkjobing) of Langeland (a Danish Island in the Baltic Sea). It was under the command of Capt. E.A. Hastrup and (read more).



Image of Ivankovich Painting

Basi Ivancovich - Ship Portrait of the Danish Brig "Marie, Capt. C.C. Nielsen 1880", the vessel is shown off the harbor of Trieste with other shipping beyond, Oil on canvas, 45 x 73 cm, on the stretcher are noted the journeys of the vessel by the Captain`s son P. Nielsen, the possession of a Private Collector in Western Germany - Note: the typical signature of the artist is as follows:

, nearly all works are signed. Click here or on the image to enlarge.



Pirate Sailing Lugger off Gibraltar

Spanish Artist FR - An Algerian Pirate Lugger is chased off Gibraltar, ca. 1880 - the three-masted Corsair Vessel is trying to escape from the British Naval Ship in the left background (which fires out of two cannons), on the right the Rock of Gibraltar - Oil on canvas, 66 by 94 cm (26 by 37 in), with frame 88 x 115 cm (34 5/8 by 45 in) - signed l.r. with monogram "FR" and anchor sign - cleaned, restored and in good condition, bright color, clearly visibel age craquelure throughout, in the (original) heavy mahogony frame - Private Collection Fenland, UK - Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations

Note: Many Pirates in Algier and Northern Africa were captured by American and European forces during the attacks in the 1830s (eg. USS Constitution was originally built for this purpose). Anyway and - according to reports from British Naval Officers - several Pirates / Corsairs were still active in the remaining part of the 19th Century and as late as until 1900. The Straits of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea was a preferred place where they were seeking merchant ships from Europe and America to enter and capture ship and crew. British Naval Ships from Gibraltar were on duty to chase the Pirates.



China Trade Painting

Lai Fong attr. (fl. 1880s-1910) - Large Portrait of the Scotish Ship *Janet Cowan* mastering a Storm, ca. 1880s - the large three-masted sailing ship at high sea and with reduced sails - Oil on canvas, 65 by 89 cm (25 / 1/2 by 35 inch), with frame 78 x 102 cm (27 1/2 by 39 inch) - inscribed on the bow with ship`s name - relined, usual China Trade crackle, small sign of age and expert restoration in sky, good condition - Private Collection, Tokyo, Japan

Note:
This China Trade painting can be attributed to Lai Fong, who worked as a China Trade artist in Calcutta. The Janet Cowan was built in 1866 in Greenock (later refit) for the Scotish owner, Shankland in Greenock. It was a large ship of 217 feet and measured at 1278 tons. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Dahl Painting

Jorgen Dahl - Ship Portrait of the Danish Brig "Janet af Kastrup, Capt. Christensen 1881", the vessel shown under full sail off Skagen Lighthouse with other shipping beyond, signed, dated and inscribed, Gouache, 45 x 60 cm, very good condition, original frame - Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: the typical signature of Jorgen Dahl is as follows: , the inscription with the ship`s and captain`s name is written in a different style.



Image of Yorke Painting

William H. Yorke (British, 1847-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Norwegian Bark "Bark Kristine af Drammen - Capt. E.B. Thor" ca. 1882 - The vessel is shown under full sail and in fair weather off a coastline - Oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm (20 by 30 inch) - signed "W.H. Yorke, Liverpool, 1882 or 1884" and inscribed in the center water section with the title, ship`s name also mentioned a second time on the hull - Private Collection Maine, USA
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The vessel is shown off a coastline which I believe are the Skerries with the reef and lighthouse This is a typical and early fair weather ship portrait by the artist with a very lively sea and bright execution of the Bark. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Yorke Painting

William H. Yorke (British, 1847-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Danish Brig "Asta" 1883, shown under full sail off the English coast with a headland and lighthouse, Oil on canvas, 51 x 75 cm, signed "W.H. Yorke" and dated, very good condition, not relined, no inpaint, original gilt frame - Private Collection

Note: A typical composition by the artist of his matured period where the shadow of the hull can be seen in the water section. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium, Hamburg 1999. The typical signature of the artist is as follows: 99% of his paintings are signed. Click here or on image to see more illustrations.




William Howard Yorke (British, 1847-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Brigantine *Arvid - Kaptn. J.E. Hellgren 1883* - the sailing ship is shown at fair weather and under full sail off Holyhead and the South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey heading for Brazil, with other sailing vessels in the distance - Oil on canvas, old relining - 50 by 75 cm (20 by 30 in), with frame 62 x 89 cm (24 1/2 x 35 in) - signed l. r. "W.H. Yorke, L`pool 1883" and inscribed with title

Note: A characteristic ship portrait by this artist who loved so much to portray sailing vessels (instead of steamers) and executed in his best period (the 1880s). This painting was carefully cleaned and there is only little inpaint in the water at two areas and in front of the bow. Gladly this artwork has not suffered from Overcleaning - which can happen so easy with Yorke paintings because the color layers are thin - which you can see especially in the well preserved water, sky and in the details of the ships (rigging lines etc.). This is a Premium Artwork in good condition. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium - owned by The Baltic Sea Collection



Image of Thorvald Moeller Painting

Thorvald Moeller - Seascape with a Bark and other shipping off Kornborg Castle, Elsinore, ca. 1885, evening light impression in the Baltic Sea, signed and indistinctly dated, Oil on canvas, ca. 50 x 70 cm, not relined, original frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany

Note: Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Sailing Ship Portrait

Geo Johansen (fl. 1893-1903) - Ship Portrait of the Scotish four-masted Barque *Clan Galbraith of Glasgow* at sea ca. 1895 - the large vessel is shown under full sail at the open sea - Oil on board - 42 by 60 cm (16 1/2 by 24 inch), with frame 57 x 77 cm (22 by 30 inch) - signed "Johansen, London" and inscribed with title in the water - cleaned, signs of age and restoration, otherwise ok, original frame - Private Collection

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Johansen was based in London, UK but of Scandinavian origin. Most of his ship portraits were executed in watercolour or gouache, this is in fact the first oilpainting we notice by him. He is represented in the Maritime Museum Troense and his works can also be found in several private collections, mainly in Scandinavia.
Photo Copyright. For information about the ship see the notes on the description page. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



chinesisches Kapitänsbild

China Trade artist - Ship Portrait of the Barque "Kriemhild" (of Hamburg) ca. 1885, the vessel is shown at fair weather and under full sail off a Far Eastern coastline - inscribed with Ship`s name on Flagg, traces of old signature - Oil on canvas - ca. 18 by 24 inch. (45 x 60 cm), with frame 21 5/8 x 31 inch (55 x 79 cm) - cleaned and restored, in a period Chinese Frame- Private Collection, Aschaffenburg, Germany
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Note:
The Barque Kriemhild was built 1884 by Germania for Matzen in Hamburg and sailed for this company until 1900. In German: Originales Schiffsportrait bzw. Kapitänsbild der Bark Kriemhild, die 1884 von der Schiffsbau Act. Ges. Germania für die Reederei C.M. Matzen in Hamburg gebaut wurde. Die Bark war dort von 1884 bis 1900 im Einsatz. Öl auf Leinwand 45 x 60 cm plus Rahmen. Im China-Rahmen der Zeit. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium



Image of John Loos Painting

John Loos - Ship Portrait of the British full-rigged Ship "Annie E. Wright" 1886, the vessel under full sail passing the French coast near Calair, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 55 x 80 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany

Note: the typical signature of John Loos is as follows:

, nearly all of his works are signed. Click here or on the photo to see more illustrations.



Image of Willis Picture

Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1912) attributed to - Ship Portrait of the German Bark NANNY of Hamburg, Capt. B.H. Müller, ca. 1887, the vessel under full sail off an American coastline, a pilot Schooner "No. 5" beyond Oilpainting with silkwork inscribed with title - 51 x 81 cm (20 x 32 in.) The Werder Collection

Note: The *Nanny* was bought by shipping company J.W.Burmester in January 1885 in England. The Captains were A.P.H. Baethgen, C. Wilhelmi und B.H. Müller. The NANNY stranded off Santos on May 11th, 1890 and the wreck was sold soon after at auction, the crew was saved. Click on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Yorke Painting

William H. Yorke (British, 1847-1921) - Ship Portrait of the Swedish Barkentine "Emanuel" 1889, the vessel under full sail at calm sea off a costline near Liverpool with an Island and a Lighthouse on the left, other shipping beyond - inscribed with the ship`s name on a name flag and on the hull, signed lower right "W.H. Yorke" and dated 1889 - Oil on canvas, old relining (first half of the 20th C.), old inscription on the stretcher with information about the vessel - 20 by 30 inch. (51 x 76,5 cm) - Private Collection Maryland, USA
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Note: As the inscription on the original stretcher tells us the "Emanuel" stranded near Skagen (Denmark) on March 7 in 1890 (the crew of 8 men was saved). This is a typical fair weather ship portrait by the artist with a very lively sea and bright execution of the barkentine. Click on image to enlarge. Photo Copyright.



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