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PROPERTY OF THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

Thomas Whitcombe
A BRITISH MAN OF WAR BEFORE THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 USD
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PROPERTY OF THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

Thomas Whitcombe
A BRITISH MAN OF WAR BEFORE THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 USD
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Thomas Whitcombe
LONDON CIRCA 1752 - CIRCA 1824
A BRITISH MAN OF WAR BEFORE THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
oil on canvas
canvas: 19 3/4 by 28 1/4 in.; 50 by 72 cm.
framed: 27 1/2 by 36 in.; 69.9 by 91.4 cm.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 July 1997, lot 2;
There acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado.

Exhibited

Denver, The Denver Art Museum, '600 Years of British Painting, The Berger Collection at The Denver Art Museum,' 10 October 1998 - 28 March 1999.

Literature

'600 Years of British Painting, The Berger Collection at The Denver Art Museum,' Denver 1998, p. 211, reproduced p. 210.

Catalogue Note

Thomas Whitcombe was a prolific marine artist, though little is known about the details of his life.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy most years between 1783 and 1824 and was one of the preeminent recorders of ships and sea battles of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.  Here a British Man of War is seen approaching the Rock of Gibraltar, a small rocky headland at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula that had been in British hands since it was captured from Spain in 1704.  Guarding the narrow nine mile Strait of Gibraltar that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock is of enormous strategic importance and remains a key British naval base to this day.

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