Fishing Boats and a Man-o'-War in a breeze at the mouth of a river

image CH 1996.26

Object

Painting

Title

Fishing Boats and a Man-o'-War in a breeze at the mouth of a river

Production date

1771

Material

Oil
Canvas

Dimensions

Height (Whole): 75cm
Width (Whole): 114cm

Description

Fishing Boats and a Man-o'-War in a breeze at the mouth of a river, oil painting.

From the collection of Alexander Chalmers.

Production person

Serres, Dominic

Production person note

Serres, whose name is sometimes given as Dominick, was born at Auch, Gascony. He is predominantly known as a marine painter. In adulthood he settled in England and made a living as an artist, assisted by Charles Brooking another artist, who had affinities to Van de Velde the Younger and Bakhuyzen. Serres displayed much talent and an ability to understand and imitate the styles of the Dutch Masters. He joined the Incorporated Society of Artists in 1765 and in 1768 he became a founding member of the Royal Academy. He received many commissions from ranking naval gentlemen, including an important Naval View of Lord Howe’s Engagement with the Combined Squadrons of France and Spain, off Gibraltar, in 1782, meant to accompany a picture by Copley, now in the Council Chamber at Guildhall. He was appointed Librarian to the Royal Academy in 1792, as he was a decent Latin scholar, was fluent in Italian, understood Spanish and Portuguese, as well as having an excellent mastery of the English language. He also became the official marine painter to King George III, and was succeeded in this post by his son John, also a marine painter. Dominique and John Serres jointly published a book, Liber Nauticus, giving instruction in marine drawing. Other works by him hang in the Greenwich Hospital, Hampton Court Place, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Object number

CH 1996.26

On display?

No

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