The Steamship 'Titanic'

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Oil painting of the RMS 'Titanic' with an iceberg to the left. This is a far from accurate representation of the ship in many technical aspects. The painter's real name was Adrianus Johannes or, more familiarly, 'Arie' Jansen, this being the Dutch contracted form of Adrianus. Jansen painted almost exclusively North Sea ship portraits, especially Great Eastern Railway ferries and other vessels using the Hook of Holland, Rotterdam and Antwerp as their continental ports. He was in effect a 'pierhead painter' and understandably gained the English nickname of 'Harry' from his British seaman clients as a version of the Dutch 'Arie'. Two other similar paintings of the 'Titanic' by him have been sighted, one dated 1918. They are the only so far known examples of a ship he could not have personally seen, and the present one the only painting yet known on which he signed himself 'Harry' rather than his more usual 'A.

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The Steamship 'Titanic'




oil on canvas


H 48.5 x W 77.5 cm

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