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Reefing the mainsail

Fine art

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Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display

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Object ID BHC1537
Description Oil painting, representing a deck view from the starboard quarter of working early 20th-century gaff-rigged ketch or schooner (lower sails only shown) beating to windward on the port tack in a heavy sea. Two crew members are shown on deck shortening sail, using roller-reefing, with sea coming inboard over the lee rail. It was presented to the Museum in 1966 by Basil Greenhill, who from the start of 1967 to 1983 was its third Director. Nothing more is currently known of the artist, though a John D. G. Bennett was a lay (non-exhibiting) member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in the later 1980s. [PvdM 6/12]
Date made 20th century

Artist/Maker Bennett, D. G.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials oil on board
Measurements Frame: 742 mm x 593 mm x 34 mm;Painting: 685 mm x 535 mm
  • Reefing the mainsail (BHC1537)
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