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PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas Somerscales
A SHIP OF THE LINE 100 YEARS AGO
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY FROM A PORTUGESE PRIVATE COLLECTION

Thomas Somerscales
A SHIP OF THE LINE 100 YEARS AGO
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 21,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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Thomas Somerscales
1842-1927
A SHIP OF THE LINE 100 YEARS AGO
signed and dated l.r.: T Somerscales/1900
oil on canvas
70 by 106cm., 27½ by 42in.
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Provenance

Frost & Reed, London

Literature

Alex A. Hurst, Thomas Somerscales, Marine Artist, 1988, illustrated p.111

Catalogue Note

It is unlikely the '100 years' of the title is to be taken too literally. As the author Alex Hurst commented, the ship's hull paint suggests she is a little earlier than 1800, however she has double dolphin strikers which were not introduced into the British Navy until around 1900. Somerscales depicts the ship hove to with her mainyards backed as whalers approach. In the distance, another ship can be seen with her 'stun'-sails' - the additional sails seen extended outside the normal sail plan - set. These were almost obsolete by the twentieth century. 

The technical ability and atmosphere achieved within the painting exemplify the credentials that established Somerscales as a leading marine artist of his generation, especially notable for his Chilean seascapes, where the artist spent the majority of his career. 

Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art

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London