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On the 'Suzanne'

BHC4134
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
User collections Moustaches by lucinda
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleArtist: Everett, John
VesselsSuzanne (1880)

Object details:

Object ID BHC4134
Description A view from aft on the deck of the 'Suzanne'. In the foreground a figure with a white beard and moustache walks along the deck in strong sunlight, facing towards the viewer. He wears a white apron, broad-brimmed hat and carries a large cooking pot. The painting shows carefully observed detailing on the deck such as coils of rope and the neatly ordered rigging. A spare ship's mast can be seen on the right. The scene is bathed in a bright light with strong dark shapes representing shadow. The artist has concentrated on the form of shapes in blocks of vivid colour with a strong sense of composition and design. The sails billow over the top half of the painting and the shape of the sails is repeated through the strong shadow on the right sail. This Danish barque was built in 1880. British owned, she was originally known as the 'Kylemore', became Norwegian in 1907 and Danish in 1915. In 1925 a change in ownership brought a change in name to the 'Suzanne', the name of the ship when Everett sailed on her. It was effectively a training ship since the Danish crew was sailing in her to earn their tickets and received no wages. Everett returned from the second voyage with 83 oils and 300 drawings. Between November 1928 and January 1929 Everett sailed in the 'Suzanne' from Calais to Pointe a Pitre, Guadaloupe. While at Le Havre, Everett heard that the Danish barque was in Calais loading for Martinique and he decided to join her because he wanted another journey under sail. He praised the seamanship on board and said everything was done under sail. Once in Jamaica it took six weeks to unload, and he continued his journey on board SS 'Changuinola', owned by Elder and Fife. On his second journey in the 'Suzanne' in 1930, he sailed from Le Havre to Black River, Jamaica, in November, arriving at Black River on 16 December. This was the last voyage Everett ever made in sailing ships.
Date made 1928-30

Artist/Maker Everett, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Bequeathed by the artist 1949.
Materials oil on paper
Measurements Painting: 644 x 831 mm
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  • On the 'Suzanne' (BHC4134)
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