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A Selection of antique Ship Portraits by British, Scotish and Irish artists (Sailing Ships & Steamers) Page 2

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Image of Yorke Painting

William H. Yorke (British, 1847-1921) attr. to - Ship Portrait of the Canadian Brigantine *Aeronaut* from Nova Scotia, painted ca. 1888 - the vessel is shown at sea off the Skerries reef (in the left background) - Oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm (24 by 36 inch) North American Collection

Note: The Aeronaut flys the Canadian Merchant ensign with a crest in the middle of the red field. The crest, adopted in the mid 1880s, differentiates it from the British Merchant ensign however most Canadian vessels continued to use the standard British Merchant ensign. In size, composition, paint handling, the manner in which details of the ship are rendered and especially the reflection of the bow and stern in the water are all characteristic of W H Yorke. The wooden brigantine Aeronaut was built in 1886, Belliveau's Cove, Nova Scotia and measured 139.5 feet in length with 446 gross tonnage. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



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.



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.



T.G. Purvis ship portrait

Thomas G. Purvis (British, 1861-1933) - Ship Portrait of the German four-masted Barque *Gustav* at sea ca. 1910 - the large sailing ship is shown under full sail at moderate sea - Oil on board, 38 by 60 cm (15 by 24 inch), with frame 49 x 71 cm (19 by 28 inch) - signed lower left "T.G. Purvis" and inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name - cleaned, board is partly uneven due to age, in an old frame - Private Collection, Richmond, USA

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. 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 huge Bark. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.





John Scott Painting

John Scott (British, 1802-1885) - Ship Portrait of a Russian Sail-and Steamship 1867 off Tynemouth, UK - in the background a sailing ship and the coastline of that area, numerous persons are visible on board of this steamship - signed and dated "J. Scott 1867" lower right - Oil on canvas, relined, good condition - ca. 67 x 107 cm (26 x 42 in) - in a 19th Century Lemon Gold frame - The Baltic Sea Collection

Note: The Ship is flying numerous ensigns and the Russian Merchant flagg has an additional Double-Eagle in the center. There is a name on the bow of the vessel (in kyrillic letters). We are currently looking for any information to identify this vessel ? Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations



Image of Yorke Painting

W.H. Yorke - Ship Portrait of the Steamer *Feringur* 1894 The Danish vessel shown at sea with an unidentified British coastline (near Liverpool) beyond - 50 x 74 cm - signed "W.H. Yorke" and dated - good condition, original frame Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: The artist did not like to paint steamers because he thought the old fashioned sailing ships are more beautiful. Nevertheless this is a good quality work by him showing all his artistic performance. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Purvis Painting

T.G. Purvis - Ship Portrait of the German steamer *Hermann of Flensburg - Capt. E. Hellmann* in the Atlantic Sea ca. 1900 - the steamer with auxiliary sails set on the high Sea, another vessel in the distance - signed lower left "T.G. Purvis, London" and inscribed in the center water section as shown above - Oil on canvas, 50 by 72 cm (19 3/4 by 28 inch) - good condition, uncleaned and in the original frame - Private Collection Northern Germany

Note: From the house flag and funnel ensign we learn that this steamer belonged to the fleet of the Flensburg shipping company E. Schuldt, which is today located in Hamburg. The frame of the painting is a typical example of the type of frames used originally by the artist. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



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.





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



Purvis Painting

Thomas G. Purvis (British, 1861-1933) - Ship Portrait of the German four-masted Bark *Wandsbek* in the Atlantic Sea ca. 1900 - the Windjammer is shown under reduced sails on the high Sea - signed lower left "T.G. Purvis, London" and inscribed in the center water section "Wandsbek" - Oil on canvas 40 by 60 cm (15 3/4 by 23 5/8 inch), with the frame 50 x 70 cm (19 3/4 by 27 1/2 inch) - period bird`s eye maple frame - good condition, usual age crackle, one repair at back, not relined - Private Collection New Jersey, USA

Note: A typical work by the artist with convincing dark-light contrasts and a liveful atmosphere. The *Wandsbek* (built 1892 in Liverpool) was one the fascinating Windjammers around the turn of the Century and in service for Philadelphia, Southern America, India and the South Sea. For more information about the vessel see the illustration page. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



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