Yacht and Man-o-War Offshore

Francis Swaine (1725 - 1782)

Pen and ink and sepia wash on paper

1771
  • About the artist
    Little is known of the early life Francis Swaine, marine painter. In 1735, his name appeared as a messenger in a list of clerks and officers employed by the Treasurers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy. Swaine's work was strongly influenced by Peter Monamy, Charles Brooking and the earlier paintings of Willem van de Velde the younger. Most of Swaine’s output was small scale shipping subjects. He exhibited his work at the Free Society of Arts from 1761 until the end of his life and at the Incorporated Society of Artists exhibitions from 1762. For much of his life, Swaine lived near St. James’s Park, Westminster. He moved to Chelsea shortly before his death in 1782.
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  • Details
    Title
    Yacht and Man-o-War Offshore
    Date
    1771
    Medium
    Pen and ink and sepia wash on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 34.50 cm, width: 53.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sir Bruce Ingram, 1963
    Inscription
    br: F Swaine 1771
    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
    1593