Ship Tavern Sign

Image credit: Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery

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On both sides of this signboard, the boldly painted British warship in full sail is making good speed in a stiff breeze, with its 74 guns run out. Its blue uniformed crew is on deck or aloft and red-coated marines line the poop deck. Judging by the number and type of sails and by the flags it sports at its mastheads – the Union Jack, the Royal Standard (to signify that the King was on board) and Admiralty flag – this First Rate ship-of-the-line is thought to date to the Napoleonic wars. Given such specific details the unknown artist may well have been a sailor during that period. Although Bangor had a thriving port, largely serving the slate industry from the late eighteenth century, and still today has a ‘Ship Inn’ on its High Street, it is not known if this signboard is from Bangor or from another port such as Caernarfon.




Ship Tavern Sign




oil on wood panels


H 67.3 x W 100 cm

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on loan from Bangor University

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