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Francis Holman
BRITISH
THE SHIPS LONDON, INTEGRITY, ELIZABETH AND NANCY WITH OTHER VESSELS OFF YARMOUTH
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 54,000 USD
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Francis Holman
BRITISH
THE SHIPS LONDON, INTEGRITY, ELIZABETH AND NANCY WITH OTHER VESSELS OFF YARMOUTH
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 54,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Maritime Art from the Collection of Peter V. Guarisco

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Francis Holman
1729-1790
BRITISH
THE SHIPS LONDON, INTEGRITY, ELIZABETH AND NANCY WITH OTHER VESSELS OFF YARMOUTH
signed F Holman (lower left)
oil on canvas
34 by 59 in.
86.5 by 150 cm
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Provenance

The Parker Gallery, London
Collection of a Shipping Company, United Kingdom
Sale: Sothebys, London, January 20, 1993, lot 8, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1780, it has been suggested that this painting depicts a group of merchantmen in Yarmouth Roads gathering as a convoy before embarking for the Baltic.  The Baltic was the principal source of all mast timber and tar, and therefore the trade route was vital.  British ships formed convoys for their own safety, due to the possibility of finding the hostile forces of Russia, Denmark and Sweden (known as the League of Armed Neutrality) on the open seas.  Merchantmen were often laden with valuable goods or money for trading, their heavy loads making them slower than naval ships and tempting targets for attack.  Another source of these attacks was, of course, France, which had raised British ire by allying itself to the Americans during the Revolutionary War. 

Important Maritime Art from the Collection of Peter V. Guarisco

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New York