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The Blackwall frigate Maidstone at sea

BHC3467
Oil paintings

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Collection Oil paintings, Fine art
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsMaidstone (1839)

Object details:

Object ID BHC3467
Description This oil painting, dated to 1869, depicts a three-masted vessel (identified as the ‘Maidstone’) sailing on a moderately choppy sea at nearly full sail. She can be seen flying the Red Ensign on her mizzen mast – by this time this was solely the flag of the British Mercantile Marine, it’s use having been discontinued by the Royal Navy in 1864. The ship’s mizzen mast also flies numerous signalling penants, while a single pennant adorns the main mast. The fore mast flies a single British Union Flag. A lifeboat fixed to its davits can also be seen at the stern of the vessel. Ahead and to port of the ‘Maidstone’, in the bottom right of the painting, there is a single smaller two-masted vessel – the shape of the hull and the Chinese-style battened lugsails indicate that it is a junk. This shows that the painting is in an Asian or Far Eastern setting, quite possibly in China. In the far-left of the painting, a headland with cliffs and a mountain can be seen in the distance. Aside from the somewhat choppy sea, conditions appear to be calm – the skies are clear and the winds appear to be favourable, as shown by the two ships being at full sail and stable in the water.
Date made 1869

Artist/Maker Callow, H.
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on board
Measurements Painting: 406 mm x 635 mm
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