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A Frigate

Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID BHC1065
Description A portrait of a British frigate shown port broadside-on, with the figurehead of a woman clearly visible. The frigate is flying both the white ensign and the flag of an admiral of the white. A number of sailors on board are shown attending to the main sail. Such ship’s portraits were often commissioned by commanding officers to commemorate their time serving on a ship. It would therefore be entirely appropriate and carry some status to commission Dominic Serres, the most important marine painter of his day to produce a portrait of a command.
Date made Mid to late 18th century

Artist/Maker Serres, Dominic
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 305 mm x 455 mm; Frame: 390 x 540 x 50 mm
  • A Frigate (BHC1065)
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