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Diving Boys around a Passenger Liner

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID PAF1484
Description Wyllie and his wife frequently went on cruises and sometimes travelled on P & O liners. The topography suggests that the location of the scene depicted in this watercolour is the harbour of Funchal, on the island of Madeira, but the date of the pictures is likely to be later than a similar occasion described by Mrs Wyllie in 'We Were One (1935). This had taken place during a cruise on the Orient Line 'Garonne' in the early 1890s: 'We next anchored off St. Pierre, which was clothed to the very top with delicate bright green sugar canes... Very early next morning the ship was surrounded with diving boys who had pulled out to her in roughly constructed boats with very fanciful names.' M.A. Wyllie, ‘We Were One’ (London: Bell & Son Ltd., 1935)
Date made

Artist/Maker Wyllie, William Lionel
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials watercolour
Measurements 270 mm x 430 mm
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