Seascape with Sailing Boats

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The subject is a large Thames barge going to windward in a stiff on-shore easterly breeze, off a marshy shore on either the north side of the Thames Estuary or another large inlet on the Essex coast; the southern side is in the distance. The composition, including the barge, the boat at left, and the wooden-revetement or sluice at lower right, is very similar to a more colourful 'naive' oil signed H. F. Griffiths 1915, seen at internet sale, suggesting both might be based on a third and so-far unidentified image. Another internet auction lot (Hôtel des Ventes de Monte Carlo, 2020, lot 344) by Edmund John Niemann (1813–1876), signed and dated 1859, was speculatively produced as part of the discussion as a possible exemplar but was not conclusive.

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Seascape with Sailing Boats




oil on board


H 44 x W 56 cm

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