Return of a Fleet into Plymouth Harbour

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A depiction of Plymouth showing a fleet under an admiral of the blue squadron returning with a prize, in a topsail breeze, with views over Plymouth Sound. In the foreground is Firestone Bay, with Drake's Island in the left background and Mount Edgcumbe on the right. Through his careful delineation of the ships, which are entering the Cremyll Passage, the artist has fused a landscape painting with one concerned with the sea at a period when he was working in England. In the foreground a group of figures are occupied with fishing baskets and hauling a boat. A small coastal craft approaches from the right. Several other figures form groups along the shoreline. Serres was a well-born Frenchman from Gascony who ran away to sea in merchant service rather than follow family wish that he enter the Church.

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Return of a Fleet into Plymouth Harbour




oil on canvas


H 91.5 x W 157.5 cm

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