Thames craft and other shipping off Gravesend

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Israel
    City: Tel Aviv
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    Thames craft and other shipping off Gravesend
    Date
    1821
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 66.50 cm, width: 85.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Phillips and Rixson, February 1955
    Inscription
    bc: J.T.Serres 1821
    GAC number
    3158