A Sailor’s Capriccio

A late C18th or early C19th naive oil on panel (being a section of a seaman’s chest lid) depicting a moonlit harbour scene with a three masted barque at anchor, framed by mountains with classical buildings on the quayside and various figures and activity in the foreground.

While this may be a depiction of a real harbour of the period, it is likely that it is a capriccio of various elements, painted from memory.

The painting is in good order and has recently been lightly cleaned. The panel itself is slightly bowed and the reverse bears evidence of scorching in one area, probably from a candle or lantern having been regularly placed on it.

A very good, early example of sailor’s folk art.

Measurements: W: 22.5″ (57cm); H: 15.5″ (39cm).

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