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Chasing Smugglers on a Rocky Coast

BHC1072
Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID BHC1072
Description In the early 19th century this scene of cavalry driving smugglers back into the water off a rocky coast in stormy weather fulfilled the audiences’ appetite for romantic and adventurous narratives, also reflected in contemporary literature. The soldiers can be seen riding across the foreground beach, which is framed on both sides by towering rocks. A ruined castle is situated atop the cliff to the right. The smugglers are escaping on a rowing boat in the middle ground, but also, as can be seen to the left, on horseback. The painter is unknown.
Date made circa 1800

Artist/Maker British School, 19th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Frame: 776 mm x 965 mm x 47 mm;Painting: 725 mm x 915 mm
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  • Chasing Smugglers on a Rocky Coast (BHC1072)
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