The Topsail Schooner 'Thetis' off Flushing

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The naïve style of this painting suggests that the artist may have earned a living producing ships portraits to order.

Glass painting was a popular technique in the nineteenth century. The method involved initially painting the highlights, followed by the main subjects and background, in reverse of the conventional order. Unfortunately, the artist made a small error and did not reverse the name Thetis on the side of the ship, so that it appears to us as mirror writing.

Ferens Art Gallery

Kingston upon Hull


The Topsail Schooner 'Thetis' off Flushing




oil on glass


H 54 x W 70 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Mr Wildbore, 1954

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Inscription description

front lower centre 'Thetis of Hull. Charles Smith Com'd passing Flushing 1844'; front lower right 'L P. Weyts [An] vers [?]'


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