Guardship off the Nore

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A painting showing a frigate anchored in the distance off the English coast. The round form of its forecastle head bulwark indicates a date of about 1820 at earliest. There are two sailing trawlers in the foreground and the one closest to the viewer is shown towing a small boat in the lively sea. The cliffs on the right and the frigate are both picked out by a shaft of bright light through the dramatically piled-up clouds. This may be intended to reinforce a sense of national identity. The painting came into the Museum, in 1946 and with its existing title and firmly ascribed to the nineteenth-century marine artist, Clarkson Stanfield, from the collection of Frederick John Nettlefold (1867–1949). A member of the Birmingham screw-making family, he lived in Sussex and was a partner in Moore & Nettlefold, glass bottle manufacturers.

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Guardship off the Nore




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 105.4 cm

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gift from Frederick John Nettlefold, 1946

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