A seventy-four gun Third Rate weaving her way through smaller craft as she enters Gibraltar; and Two frigates caught in heavy seas, the larger on a collision course with an on-coming two-decker
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.8 cm.)
a pair (2)
Artist or Maker
James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)
Eugene Verboeckhoven (1798-1881).
Mrs Paul Bowman, 1957, and by descent.
Bought from Lane Fine Art, London, November 1986.
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James Edward Buttersworth was born in 1817. He learnt his craft early from his father Thomas, who was a self-taught marine artist, having been invalided out of the Royal Navy aged 32.
The latter of these two pictures was previously recorded as having been signed and dated 1846 on the reverse of the canvas. It was around 1846 that Buttersworth emigrated, along with his wife and 4 children, to New York, where he is recorded in 1847. However these pictures were presumably painted in Britain where they were purchased by contemporary Belgian landscape and genre artist Eugene Verboeckhoven, possibly from Buttersworth himself.
Buttersworth went on to establish himself as the leading marine painter in nineteenth century America, his notable reputation aided by numerous engravings of his works.
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