HMS “Hindostahn” on Fire, Rosas Bay 2 April 1804

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage

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  • About the artist
    Thomas Buttersworth was born in the Isle of Wight. He was a seaman painter, who enlisted aboard HM Enterprise in 1795 and was appointed a midshipman by 1800. That year he was invalided at Minorca and sent home. Little is known of his naval service, but the National Maritime Museum has a number of large watercolours by Buttersworth depicting the Battle of St Vincent (1797), which are executed in such a way as to suggest he was there. Although he was already painting, being invalided out of the Navy may have spurred him to become a professional artist. Despite being a prolific painter, he exhibited only one work at the Royal Academy in 1813 and one at the British Institution in 1825. He is thought to have died in London in November 1842.
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  • Details
    Title
    HMS “Hindostahn” on Fire, Rosas Bay 2 April 1804
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 37.50 cm, width: 62.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Appleby Bros, August 1951
    GAC number
    1341