Men of War off Newhaven, Sussex

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: storage
  • 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
    Men of War off Newhaven, Sussex
    Date
    1795
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 62.80 cm, width: 105.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Parker Gallery, December 1960
    Inscription
    bl: JTSerres
    GAC number
    5415