Fine Art Emporium - Ship Portraits, Marine Art and Nautical Antiques
 
Art Gallery of Old Ship Portraits and Marine Paintings
 
A Selection of antique Ship Portraits by British, Scotish and Irish artists (Sailing Ships & Steamers)

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Image of Buttersworth Painting

Thomas Buttersworth Sen. - The British Man-of-War St. George (Flaggship of Nelson) in a Gale 1808, the vessel is hit by a severe wave, inscribed and dated on reverse, Oil on board, ca. 25 x 38 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Great Britain

Note: Although not signed this painting can be attributed to Buttersworth Senior. Despite the depiction of the famous British ship this stormy picture is a weaker work by the artist. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Buttersworth Painting

Thomas Buttersworth Jun. - A British Frigate chasing a Spanish Frigate at sea, executed at the beginning of the 19th Century, the vessels in action and sailing at full speed, indistincly signed "T. Buttersworth", Oil on canvas, 55 x 68 cm, good condition, period gilt frame - Private Collection in the United States of America

Note: Very diffcult to say, if this work has been executed by the father or son. Because of the style of the water we suppose that this is a high quality work of Buttersworth Junior. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of John Scott Painting

John Scott (British, 1802-1882) - Ship Portrait of the French Steam and Sail vessel PARIS 1856 Portrait of the steamer with auxiliary sails set off the British coast with high cliffs, the mouth of a river with a high bridge, other shipping and fishermen in a rowing boat in the fore- and background - Oil on canvas 66 x 96 cm (26 x 37 3/4 in.) signed "J. Scott" and dated - The Werder Collection, Germany

Note: A rather interesting ship portrait and maritime composition from the first days of the overseas steamships by this well known marine artist from Newcastle (GB). Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Benjamin Tindall Painting

Benjamin Tindall (British, fl. 1846-1880) - Ship Portrait of the "Hellas" (von) Stralsund c. 1858 The German Barque of Stralsund under Prussian flag in two positions at sea Oil on canvas 60 x 85 cm (23 1/2 x 33 1/2 in.) signed and inscribed "London" good condition - Private Collection Western Germany

Note: The image is showing the central part of the picture. The entire composition includes a second view of the bark seen from behind. Typical for his paintings are the seagulls in the foreground and the clouds with some spots of light. Click here or on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Tindall Painting

Benjamin Tindall (British, fl. 1846-1880) - Ship Portrait of the "Glory" ca. 1860 The German Barque flying the Prussian Ensign is shown in two positions off an unidentified harbor, Oil on canvas, 62 x 83 cm, not signed but can clearly be attributed to Tindall - Private Collection in Berlin, Germany

Note: As with his other paintings there is a group of seagulls in the foreground. The overall execution is not as fine as in the "Hellas" painting, especially in the sea and sky. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Tindall Ship Portrait

Benjamin Tindall (British, fl. 1846-1880) - Ship Portrait of the Norwegian Barque *Nordsternen* off an Island near Hull, ca. 1860 - the sailing ship is shown under full sail in two positions off an Island in the Northern Sea - Oil on canvas, 61 by 92 cm (24 by 36 inch), with frame 74 x 106 cm (29 by 42 inch) - inscribed on bow and on a flag with the name of ship and ident. No. M 77 - Private Collection New Jersey, USA

Note: A typical ship portrait by Tindall and an interesting early oil painting of large size. A typical feature of his paintings is to show the portrayed vessel in two positions off a coastal point and to paint three seagulls sailing over the waves in the foreground. Paintings by Tindall can be found in numerous Maritime Museums around the world, most notable in the Alands Maritime Museum in Mariehamn, which has no less than 14 paintings by him. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium




Image of Yorke Painting

William Gay Yorke (Anglo-American 1817-1888) - Ship Portrait of the American full-rigged Ship *Orpheus* 1861, the vessel under slightly reduced sails at sea off a costline near Liverpool, other shipping beyond - signed "Wm. York / L'pool June 1861" and inscribed with the ship`s name - Oil on canvas, in the period (original) frame, very good condition - 24 by 36 inch. (66 x 91.5 cm) - Private Collection in the USA
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Note: This painting is surely of the best works produced by William G. Yorke which is in a Private Collection. It shown a lively sea, great detail and a very well done execution overall. The "Orpheus" was commanded by Capt. Laban Howes. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Mc Lachlan Painting

M. McLachlan - Ship Portrait of the British Bark "Jausy" 1864, the vessel is shown under shortened sails in a slight swell, signed and dated, Oil on canvas, 50 x 76 cm, good condition, the possession of a Private Collector in Germany

Note: Probably the second sailing vessel in the background is a second view of this bark. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Branden Painting

A.K. Branden - Ship Portrait of the British Topsail Schooner "Cornish Girl, Capt. T. A. Symons 1866", the vessel off an unidentified coastline with another sailing vessel in the background, signed, inscribed with title and dated, Oil on canvas, 62 x 95 cm, good condition, not relined, the possession of a Private Collector in Hamburg, Germany.

Note: The photo is showing a slight detail view of this oilpainting by Alexander Kay Branden. Click on the image to see a larger illustration. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.


Tudgay oil painting

Frederik Tudgay. - Ship Portrait of the "Agenora" ca. 1867 The British Brig under full sail in the Channel off the Cliffs of Dover with other shipping beyond Oil on canvas 50 x 77 cm good condition, relined, period frame - Collection in Belgium

Note: The "Aganora" was built 1865 in Guernsey (Great Britain) and has been sold 1870 to the West Indies, so this painting must have been executed between 1865 and 1870. With the Attribution to the artist Frederik Tudgay the FineArtEmporium agree and follows a written statement previously given by Christies (TM) London some years ago. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Pringle Painting

John Balfour Pringle - Portrait of a Nova Scotia Barque under full sail, 1868 - the Bark is shown off the Aisla Craig signed and inscribed "Greenock" - Oil on canvas - 48 x 76 cm (19 by 30 inch) Private Collection, Northern America

Note: Alisa Craig is a familiar land mark often seen in paintings of the Clyde River School. The painting shows the vessel flying a Lovitt Shipping Company flag. There were several Lovitts who were ship owners in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the 19th C. Their house flags varied from a red "L" to a blue "WDL" on white grounds. Without code flags or the name of the vessel on the bow, identification is difficult. There were three Lovitt Company barques in Greenock in 1868: the George Bell, the Francis Bourneuf and the Agnes M.Lovitt. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Sailor`s Woolwork Picture

Sailor`s Woolwork Picture - Anonymous - 11 1/2 x 17 inch (29 x 43 cm) - wool work and embroidery - c. 1870

Note: Sailor's folk art wool work picture or "Woolie" depicting a British ship under full sail with pennants and ensigns flying entering a port. To the left is a light house. This is a classic sailor's woolie, consisting of tightly embroidered strands of wool sewn on a sail canvas background to effectively produce a picture of great detail, color, and clarity. The canvas is mounted on a wooden stretcher in the traditional manner, and is housed in its original frame with old original wavy glass. Condition is outstanding for this type of medium, with good color and no evidence of moth damage. This piece was likely produced during the 3rd quarter of the 19th C when warships still had a steam engine only for auxiliary purposes. Click here or on the image to enlarge the picture.



Image of Laschke Painting

August Laschke (German, 1815-1877) - Ship Portrait of the German Brigg PARTISAN von Ribnitz, Capt. Alb. Köve, ca.1870 The vessel of Rostock under sail at sea with German steamer shipping beyond 50,5 x 76,5 cm signed " A.Lasczky" inscribed with title The Werder Collection Germany

Note: A typical work by the artist, who depicted in his ship portraits mainly vessels from the German Eastern Baltic coast. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations.



Image of Laschke Painting

August Laschke (German, 1815-1877) - Ship Portrait of the Bark DOLLY, Capt. H.L. Schultz 1870 The German vessel from Greifswald is shown under full sail off a coastline, a steamer in the background - Oil on canvas 51 x 76 cm (20 x 30 in.) signed "A. Lasczky" and inscribed with title The Werder Collection Germany

Note: The coastline in the background is most likely from the area around North Shields and can often be seen in the paintings by the Laschke family. Click here or on the image to enlarge the picture.




Image of August Laschke Painting

August Laschke (German, 1815-1877) - Ship Portrait of the German Bark "Pansewitz von Barth, Capt. Joh. Wallis" ca. 1870, the vessel under full sail at sea with an unidentified coastline in the background, inscribed with titel at the bottom, Oil on canvas, 50 x 75 cm, good condition, not relined, original frame, the possession of a Private Collector in Berlin, Germany

Note: Although unsigned this is guaranteed to be a painting by August Laschke. As we know from the Register he did not always sign his works. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the Fine Art Emporium.



Image of Tindall Ship Portrait

Benjamin Tindall (British, fl. 1846-1880) - Ship Portrait of the Topsail Schooner *Viola* off Spurn, 1870s The British Schooner under full sail in two positions off the Bull lightship and Spurn with the high land low lights, a Yacht and a steamer passing in the background Oil on canvas 61 x 91 cm (24 x 36 in.) unsigned, inscribed with the ship`s name on the banner good condition (not relined, usual crackle, one tear (professionally repaired) with inpaint in the upper left sky section, slight inpaint at the edges and at the second mast), period gold frame - European Collection

Note: This bright and well executed large painting by Tindall shows a background which he used regularly in his works: Spurn with the two lighthouses and the Bull lightship. Click here or on the image to see larger illustrations. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium.



Image of Yorke Painting

William Howard Yorke - The Canadian full-rigged Ship *Monrovia* shown off the British Coast near Liverpool, ca. 1878 - an inbound view showing South Stack Lighthouse with Holyhead Mountain in the distance signed "W.H. Yorke" - Oil on canvas - 60 x 90 cm (24 by 36 inch) Private Collection

Note: Large size works by Yorke are overall quite rare and furthermore it was executed in his early years with great care and detail. This painting has been in the family of the Captain until it came into a North American Collection.


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 the image to see larger 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



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.



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