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Naval Review at Spithead, 1767

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID BHC0461
Description The English painter and draughtsman Francis Swaine was a pupil of Peter Monamy. He worked as a messenger in the Navy Office in 1735 and was practising as a marine painter by the late 1740s. He regularly exhibited in the Free and Incorporated Societies of Artists from 1761. Swaine’s work was an interpretation of formulae made popular in England by Willem van de Velde the Younger, but it shows an informed knowledge of English shipping. In this image of a naval review at Spithead the artist employs bright colours for the depiction of the vessels’ flags and the sailors’ costumes. The sky is rendered in a bright blue with white summer cumulus clouds and the sea shows the artist’s characteristically crisp waves.
Date made 18th century

Artist/Maker Swaine, Francis
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 914 mm x 1549 mm; Frame: 1050 mm x 1690 mm x 60 mm
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