Genoa Harbour

John Thomas Serres (1759 - 1825)

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper

1796
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  • About the artist
    John Thomas Serres was born in London, son of marine painter Dominic Serres the elder. On his father's death he succeeded him as Marine Painter to George III. In 1800, he was appointed Marine Draughtsman to the Admiralty and employed to draw the coasts of Britain, France, Spain and the Mediterranean. He also taught at Chelsea Naval School, painted battle scenes and published ‘Liber Nauticus’ (1805), with plates after his and his father’s drawings. In 1817, he became a proprietor of the Coburg Theatre and subsequently the scenic director. He married a pupil, Olivia Wilmot, who claimed to be the daughter of the Duke of Cumberland. Her behaviour ruined Serres, who lost favour in court. He died soon after his release from a debtor's prison.
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    Title
    Genoa Harbour
    Date
    1796
    Medium
    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 33.10 cm, width: 73.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
    Inscription
    RC edge on wall: J.T.Serres / Genoa 179.?
    Provenance
    Collection of journalist and newspaper editor Sir Bruce Stirling Ingram (1877-1963) and on loan to the Ministry of Works from 1952; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1963
    GAC number
    1590