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A Selection of Ship Portraits of British & Scotish vessels (Sailing Ships & Steamers 19th Century) - Page 2

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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.



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.



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

Note:
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.



Decorated Ostrich Egg

Ship Portrait of the British Steamer "Karamania", executed in Oil on an Ostrich Egg, South Africa ca. 1885-90, the egg mounted with a brass feet with leaf decoration and a final mount - Total height 36 cm (14 inch), Diameter of egg 14 cm (5 1/2 inch) - patina at egg and feet, at the (undecorated) back of the egg one older repair, cleaned and small loss of paint in the picture restored, in good condition, ready to display - Maritime Museum Collection, USA

Note: Available for our clients (only). The British steamship "Karamania" was built in 1883 by D. & W. Henderson in Glasgow, Scotland and owned by Barrow S.S. Co. in Barrow, UK. It was measured at 2045 tons and appears in Lloyds Shipping Registers (TM) from 1885 until 1900. Decorated Ostrich Eggs - originally decorated in the 19th Century with a ship portrait - appears quite rarely on the market. It appears that there was only one or a few artists only in Capetown, South Africa who used this medium. The execution of the painting is ok but does not show an academy or artist background, e.g. such as the Captain`s Cups (porcelain mugs with ship portraits) done in Germany. This can be more considered as a sort of Maritime Folk Art. Nevertheless it is from our opinion an unusual and interesting item for a marine or ship portrait collection, especially because a large number of 19th C. ships stopped at Capetown, but the Captains did rarely bring anything with them from this area. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



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 image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (American, 1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the British four-masted Bark BERMUDA 1894 The vessel is shown under sail on the open sea with sailing boats beyond - Oil on canvas, relined 60 x 98 cm (23 5/8 x 38 1/2 in.) signed "H. Mohrmann" and dated "1894"

Note: The *Bermuda* was built in 1893 on the ship yard of Russel & Co. in Greenock (Scotland) for the shipping company P. Denniston & Co in Greenock. Under the captains H. Krohn, E.O.M. Korff, J.H.T. Witt and F. Fretwurst it sailed to India, Australia and to the westcoast of America. In 1912 the *Bermuda* was sold to C.Bech & Co. in Tvedestrand and became the name *Nordhav*. The vessel was lost in 1918 because of a Torpedo attack by a German U-Boat. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright of the image is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Purvis Painting

T.G. Purvis - Ship Portrait of the British Bark "Oaklands, Capt. John Reid passing Lundy Island, 28th June 1895", signed, inscribed with title and dated, Oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Germany

Note: Lundy Island is located in the Bristol Channel. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Ship Portrait

Ship Portrait of the Scotish Barque *Fifeshire* sailing to Australia, ca. 1895 - a pair of paintings - the vessel is shown one time under full sail at moderate sea and one time under reduced sails - Oil on artist`s board, each 46 by 63 cm (18 by 24 1/2 inch), with frame 57 x 74 cm (22 1/2 by 29 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name, both signed by "Adelaide Photo Co. Sydney, NSW" - good condition - Private Collection, Memphis, USA

Note: One painting also with monogram "B" for Borstel. * Show me larger color illustrations *

R.A. Borstel
(Australian, 1875-1922)
Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium
Second painting of the pair.



Lai Fong Painting

Lai Fong (Calcutta, fl. 1887-1910) - Ship Portrait of the Scotish four-masted barque *Dowan Hill* in the Indian Ocean, ca. 1895 - the barque is shown on the high sea with a steamer in the far distance - Oil on canvas on original China Trade stretcher, 45 by 60 cm (17 3/4 by 23 5/8 inch), with frame 52 x 67 cm (20 1/2 by 26 3/8 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - usual China Trade crackle (not extensive), small repair in the sky, only few areas with inpaint, good condition, period frame - Private Collection Germany

Note: This China Trade painting can clearly be attributed to Lai Fong, who worked from 1890 to 1910 in Calcutta. The Dowan Hill was built in 1893 and is flying the house flag of J.R. Dickson & Co. from Glasgow. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Borstel Painting

R.A. Borstel - Ship Portrait of the British full-rigged Ship "Slieve Donard", end of the 19th Century, the vessel under full sail with a small Island in the distance, Oil on canvas laid down on board, 45 x 60 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany.

Note: Although unsigned this is a typical composition from R.A. Borstel. The ship was registered in Liverpool and belonged to the W.P. Sinclair Line. Click on the image to enlarge. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Lai Fong Painting

Lai Fong - Ship Portrait of the British four-masted Ship "Liverpool II" 1898, the full-rigged ship at calm sea, signed, inscribed "Calcutta" and dated, Oil on canvas, 61 x 85 cm, good condition, ex-collection of the maritime historian Holm-Petersen in Troense, Private Collection Northern Germany - Note: the typical signature of the artist is as follows:

, but not all of his works are signed. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of a British Schooner under sail at sea, ca. 1900, with the white cliffs of Dover in the background, signed, Oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm, the possession of a Private Collector in Northern Germany

Note: This painting was previously in the private collection of the late Maritime Historian Holm-Petersen of Troense in Denmark. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright of the image is with the FineArtEmporium.



R.A. Borstel Painting

Reginald Arthur Borstel (Australian, 1875-1922) - Ship Portrait of the British full-rigged ship *Cressington* in the Pacific Ocean, ca. 1905 - the ship is shown on the high sea with the Australian coastline in the distance - Oil on board, 46 by 59 cm (18 by 23 1/2 inch), with frame 59 x 72 cm (23 by 28 1/2 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - cleaned, small repair in the sky, good condition, new varnish, period frame - Company Collection, Europe

Note: Although steamers were already used in this period for most maritime transports it was more economic to use for the trade to South America (West coast) and Australia sailing vessels. This period was the Golden Age of the so called "Windjammer" sailing ships. The Cressington is one of these large vessels and it can be supposed that it was used for the Wool Trade from Australia to Great Britain. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



Image of John Henry Mohrmann Painting

John Henry Mohrmann (1857-1916) - Ship Portrait of the British Steamer "Laurel Branch" 1899, the steamer on his way to Australia, with a sailing vessel and another steamer in the background, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 60 x 100 cm, good condition - Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: one typical signature of the artist (he used also "J.H. Mohrmann" and "H. Mohrman") is as follows:

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



Image of China Trade Painting

China Trade artist - Ship Portrait of the Steamer *Teresa* ca. 1885 The English Vessel in the Southern Chinese Sea at calm weather - unsigned - Oil on very thin canvas - 43 x 57 cm - very good condition, not relined and original frame Private Collection in Bremen, Germany

Note: The Chinese did not manage to show something elso than a profile view of the depicted ship, but this view did often include a lot of details and the exact features of the specific sailing or steam vessel. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Italian Ship Portrait

Italian Pierhead Painter in Naples (19/20th Century) - Ship Portrait of the British Freight Steamer "Tosno", ca. 1900, the vessel at fair weather off the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius beyond, Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm, good condition, Private Collection in Northern Germany

Note: Oilpainting by the Neapolitan Artists are rare, they worked mainly in Gouache. This painting shows very nice the typical light colors used by these Southern Italian Pierhead Painters. Click here or on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.


Image of Holm Ship Portrait

Antonio Jacobsen (American, 1850-1921) - Ship Portrait of the *Vaderland* 1901 The RED STAR Liner bound for New York Oil on canvas 75 x 130 cm (30 x 50 in.) signed lower right "A. Jacobsen" and dated "1901" and further inscribed "31 Palisade Av. West Hoboken" good condition, modern gold frame - Belgian Collection

Note: A extra large and very detailled ship portrait by Antonio Jacobsen of the famous Anglo-Belgian steamer at calm sea. Please note that the darker sections (eg. in the sky) are a result of artifical light, because this photo was taken on the "Euroantica" fair in Antwerp. Click on the image to see a larger illustration.



Image of Vilhelm Melbye Painting

Vilhelm Melbye - A Fishing Boat and a Steamer off a Rocky Coast 1870, with interesting light effects on the water, signed "Vilhelm Melbye" and dated, Oil on canvas, good condition, not relined, 55 x 90 cm, the possession of a Private Collection in Hamburg, Germany

Note: This picture is showing a typical scene in the Northern Sea. The painting is previously coming from a private collection in Scotland and this may be the location depicted here. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.




Antique Italian Ship Portrait

Luigi Roberto (Italian, fl. 1874-1891) - Ship Portrait of the Royal Yacht Squadron Schooner *ZARA* ca. 1874 - the large sailing yacht is shown under full sail at moderate sea in the Bay of Naples with Vesuvius and Sorrent in the background - Gouache on paper, ca. 40 by 50 cm (16 by 20 inch) image, with frame 58 x 66 cm (23 by 26 inch) - signed "L. Roberto Naples" and inscribed with the name of yacht - light age signs, otherwise ok / good condition (no dark dust stripes) - period maple frame and under old glass - The Oporto Collection

Note: Luigi Roberto is - beside of the De Simone Family - the best known Ship Portrait Artist who worked in Naples and produced detailled portraits of the sail or steam vessels and yachts which visited this Italian port. The Gouache technique is typical for the Italian ship portraits of this period and in contrast to watercolors the appearance of Gouaches is brighter and the colors are opaque. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Forrest Painting

Haughton Forrest - Yachtrace off a fortified coastal point in Great Britain, executed ca. 1880 in Australia, indistinctly signed, Oil on Artist`s board, ca. 30 x 45 cm, very good condition, original gilt frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Western Germany

Note: A typical composition by the artist with technically very well done portraits of the yachts and a rather realistic sea as well as an interesting handling of the sky. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Yacht Painting

British Yacht artist - Two Racing Yachts near a coastal line, ca. 1890, with other smaller vessels and boats in the background, Oil on canvas, ca. 45 x 65 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Note: Although not signed this painting is a quite nice work of the period. It can be attributed to the British School at the end of the 19th Century and has also the typical British frame of the period (bird`s eye maple frame). Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Thomas G. Purvis (British, 1861-1933) - Ship Portrait of a Royal Yacht Club Sailing Yawl at sea ca. 1895 - the large sailing yacht is shown under full sail at moderate sea - Oil on board, 55 by 82 cm (21 5/8 by 32 inch), with frame 69 x 96 cm (27 by 38 inch) - signed lower left "T.G. Purvis" and inscribed "Cardiff" - cleaned and in good condition, in an old gold frame from the period - Private Collection, Winston Salem, Northern Carolina, U.S.A.

Note: Purvis was a busy ship portrait artist, working in Cardiff, London and Bristol. He portrayed some of the largest sailing vessels which ever crossed the Oceans. Portraits of Yachts by him - such as this one - are rare. Most of his paintings were executed between 1890 and the Great War (1914). This painting shows a realistic sea and a detailled handling of the large Yacht, which flies the burgee of a Royal Yacht Club (British or Irish) on the main mast. For more information about Thomas Purvis please refer also to our publication "Ship Portrait Artists". Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



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