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Shipping off a Coast

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Other
    City: looted or destroyed
  • About the artist
    Little is known of the early life of William John Huggins. By 1812 he was a steward to Captain Thomas Buchanan of the East India Company. He was probably first taught by ship decorator and art teacher Thomas Duncan. Huggins settled in Leadenhall Street, London, close to East India House, the headquarters of the Company, and specialised in shipping and naval subjects. He produced numerous ship portraits for captains and owners of vessels used by the East India Company, collaborating with Edward Duncan, Thomas’s son, on paintings including ‘East Indiamen in the China Seas’ (c.1820-30; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich). The two artists also worked together on some 150 prints. In 1830 Huggins’s was appointed Marine Painter to William IV.
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    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Shipping off a Coast
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 58.50 cm, width: 89.00 cm
    Provenance
    Purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1948
    GAC number
    573