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The 'Ann' off Birkenhead

Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
ExhibitionsThe Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire, Trade and Commerce
User collections The Dockland Revolution by Nationalmaritimemuseum
Gallery locationAtlantic Gallery (Floor plans)
VesselsAnn 1800

Object details:

Object ID BHC3196
Description A portrait of the merchant ship 'Ann', flying the 1801 pattern red ensign, probably on her return from a voyage to the West Indies. The ‘Ann’ was not a slave ship, but carried plantation stores and supplies to the colonies of the West Indies. She returned carrying Caribbean produce, like sugar, rum and cotton, to Liverpool, for sale to the British market. The ship is shown in three positions, a common convention of ship portraiture: in port-broadside view in the foreground, in stern view on the left and bow view on the right. In the main view the figures on deck are preparing to lower the anchor. In the foreground on the right three figures have lowered the sails on their small fishing craft and the inclusion of such a boat was a typical motif adopted by the artist. In his work technical accuracy and careful delineation are informed by personal experience and intimate knowledge of the sea. This has led to the assumption that Salmon probably supplemented his income as an artist by working in shipping or related industry. Salmon was born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, where his family probably worked as mariners. He moved to London in the late 1790s and then to Liverpool in 1806. In 1828 he left England for Boston, Massachusetts, where he became a successful painter of marine views ranging from small panels and canvases to theatrical moving panorama scenes. He returned to Europe about 1840 and died between 1848 and 1851, though where is uncertain.
Date made circa 1810

Artist/Maker Salmon, Robert
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 1008 mm x 1501 mm x 85 mm;Painting: 850 mm x 1358 mm
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