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A Mediterranean Brigantine Drifting onto a Rocky Coast in a Storm

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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In the centre of the picture is a brigantine or similar Mediterranean type of ship drifting stern-first on to the rocks. Viewed from before the port beam she is sinking and at an angle in the waves. The end of the lateen mainsail is shown at an angle where it has broken off. A man can be seen reaching the head of the mainmast, which bears a tattered striped flag. The artist has concentrated on the plight of those on the ship and sailors are visible both on the deck and climbing the rigging. One figure can be seen standing on the foretop with his arms outstretched. On the left brilliant light shines through a break in the dark clouds and lights up the sea around the vessel as well as picking up highlights on the masts and sails. Men are swimming from the stern towards a small rock in he middle distance on the right.

National Maritime Museum



A Mediterranean Brigantine Drifting onto a Rocky Coast in a Storm




oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 76.2 cm

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