The main vessel in this maritime view is a 103 tonne lugger, known as Emmetje. It was built in 1827 and was owned by Robert Sherard, sixth Earl of Harborough (1797–1859). The ‘ship-rigged yacht’ seen in the right background is the Falcon, owned by Charles Anderson-Pelham, first Earl of Yarborough (1781–1846), the founder of the Royal Yacht Squadron. Condy painted several ship portraits of the Falcon, including: Lord Yarborough’s yacht Falcon off Ranehead [sic], Plymouth (sold through Sotheby’s in 1986), Falcon Running up China Coast towards Hong Kong (sold through Christie’s in 1999) and Lord Yarborough’s Yacht Falcon (City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth).
Nicholas Matthews Condy the younger was the son of marine artist Nicholas Condy (1793-1857). There has long been confusion regarding the attribution of their works. Nicholas Matthews Condy was born in Plymouth and was intended for the army, which he entered for a short time, later joining his father to paint for the rest of his short life.
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