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Clewing  Up the Mainsail in Heavy Weather

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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The waist of a ship, looking forward, is depicted in a heavy sea. The mainmast intersects the image to the left, with two bare-footed figures in rolled-up shirt-sleeves hauling on the mainsail clew-line, while on the far left another man in boots looks aloft, probably to men working on the unseen main yard above. The viewer is looking down on the action from the height of a deckhouse roof and the image is off-centre and at an angle to create a sensation of a heaving deck.

National Maritime Museum

London

  • Date

    1925

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    66 x 101.8 cm

  • Accession number

    BHC1352

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Romney Road Greenwich, London, Greater London SE10 9NF England

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