This work was formerly in the collection of Vicereine of India Dame Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1901-1960). Countess Mountbatten inherited the Broadlands estate, near Romsey, Hampshire, in 1921. The painting may also have been in the collection of Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) of Broadlands, who served as Prime Minister from 1859 to 1865.
William Anderson, marine painter, was born in Scotland and initially worked as a shipwright. Little is known of his artistic training. He moved to London at about the age of 30, where he exhibited works at the Royal Academy from 1787 to 1834. There is also little information on his private life. However, he is known to have had a son, William Guido Anderson, who joined the Royal Navy. Although Anderson is best known for his small, highly finished marine paintings, particularly river scenes, he also painted other subjects. Today his works can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
[Possibly collection of Prime Minister Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) of Broadlands, near Romsey, Hampshire; by descent to] Director of emergency relief services and vicereine of India Dame Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1901-1960); from whom (via archivist Mrs Georgina Blois) purchased by Colnaghi, London, on 5 September 1953; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works in February 1954
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