Art Gallery of Old Ship Portraits and Marine Paintings
Naples around 1878
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* It was under the command of Capt. E. A. Hastrup and appears from 1879 until 1882 in the Lloyd`s Registers of Shipping. In 1878 it was measured by Lloyds in Hamburg and at this time a ship portrait by H. Petersen & P.C. Holm from Hamburg was done. The painting is housed in its original laquered frame and under the antique glass. The method the frame has been done is interesting too: This is not veneer (wood) what you see but the frame has been painted to imitate a wooden veneer and the paint is covered by French Polishing. Read more about the painting below ...
Presented by the FineArtEmporium in Hamburg.
Following are shown some detail views of the painting:
This is not a simple work by a pierhead painter with a "fast brush".
The vessel is depicted very detailled and there is an additional Neapolitan
boat on the left side. As background we see on the left Vesuvius and the Bay
of Naples and on the right side the Amalfi Coast. We believe therefore that
it has been done by an advanced artist - comparable to a late work by Michele
Funno or an early work by a member of the De Simone family. Probably the signature
has been faded. The word "Adolph" in the centre of the grey lining
below is hardly visible and possibly there were other letters on the right side.
In general the colors of the picture are preserved really good indeed - except
of the red color of the flags which has faded a little. There are no dark "Stripes"
from gaps in the wooden background cover - as it can often be found with these
Gouache pictures from Italy.
Other artists artists working in Naples in this period and in the gouache technique were Luigi Renault and Luigi Roberto. I hope one day we will find out who did it. Anyway and - most important for the captain who commissioned this painting - the name of the vessel is shown three times (in a name flag, on the bow and written in the lining). Additionally the flag of the shipping company (Nielsen) is shown on the first mast and the ship flies its nationality flag of cause.