Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A.
- Sir John Lavery, R.A., R.S.A., R.H.A.
- The Little White Ship
- signed l.l.: J Lavery; titled, signed and inscribed with the artist's address on the reverse
- oil on canvasboard
- 24 by 34cm., 9½ by 13½in.
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However, in the present instance, what appears to be a ghostly square-rigger passes the ‘Pillars of Hercules’, providing the focal point of the present study. In other works of the same period, the ship is converted into a dhow with its characteristic sail set at a 45° angle. Ship or fishing vessel, both occupy the same place in a Whistlerian composition transferred to a larger canvas as A Calm Day, 1908 (unlocated). As such, the present rediscovered canvas-board, finds its place in one of the most important aspects of the Lavery oeuvre.
We are grateful to Professor Kenneth McConkey for kindly preparing this catalogue entry.