Seascape from the 'Umberleigh'

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An atmospheric sketch of the effects of sea and weather, seen from the deck of the 'Umberleigh'. The foreground of the painting concentrates on a trough between two waves from a perspective close to the waterline. The sky is dramatic and the slashes of purple conveyed through ferocious agitated brushstrokes suggest rain. Above the dark foreboding sky the sun is just visible breaking through the cloud on the right, with blue sky above. The reflection of the light on the water in the trough running down the centre of the composition provides a powerful contrast with the dark waves on either side. Everett travelled on the 'Umberleigh' from Barry, Wales, to Vancouver, Canada, from December 1933 to March 1934. The voyage afforded plenty of opportunity to paint and he recorded that, four days out from Barry, they saw the sun every day until they reached the Panama Canal.

National Maritime Museum

London

Title

Seascape from the 'Umberleigh'

Date

1933–1934

Medium

oil on paper

Measurements

H 25.5 x W 35.5 cm

Accession number

BHC0060

Work type

Painting

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