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A smuggling lugger chased by a naval brig

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID BHC1109
Description A dramatic incident showing a British man of war engaging a sailing vessel known as a lugger. It is flying the pirate flag, which is mislaeading since it is really engaged in smuggling, bringing contraband goods into the country to avoid paying duty. This incident is taking place at night, with the moon appearing through the dark clouds on the right and the glow from the lighthouse on the headland on the left. Moonlight was often used by smugglers when landing contraband from the continent. Despite a considerable strengthening of the preventive forces all around the British coast following the Napoleonic wars the benefits of avoiding custom duties made the risk worth taking.
Date made circa 1825

Artist/Maker Buttersworth, circle of Thomas
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 455 mm x 610 mm x 47 mm
  • A smuggling lugger chased by a naval brig (BHC1109)
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