Oil on canvas, relined
England, c. 1800
Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1837) – British-American marine painter
Signed and illegibly inscribed/dated lower right ‘T. Buttersworth […]’
Dimensions: 43.5 x 53.5 cm
Frame: 66 x 76 cm
Classical marine painting by Thomas Buttersworth, depicting a Royal Navy frigate off for Hurst Castle
Estimate by Auctionata Expert: 9,000 Euro
The painting is in good condition, consistent with age. The canvas is relined and cut along the edges. The paint surface has evenly spread craquelure. Inspection under UV light reveals large areas of retouching to the sky and the lower part of the depiction. The stretcher measures 43.5 x 53.5 cm and the frame 66 x 76 cm.
Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1837)
Like many marine painters of the 18th century, Thomas Butterworth was a seaman and documented his impressions in numerous works painted in oil, watercolor or charcoal. In 1810 Butterworth was officially appointed marine painter of the East India Company, which resulted in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, from 1813 to 1827. Butterworth has obviously spent some time in America, since he painted the incidents of the British-American War between 1812 and 1815. A selection of his works is today preserved in the National Maritime Museum in London. Thomas Butterworth was the father and teacher of Thomas Butterworth (1797-1842) and James E. Butterworth (1817-1894). (cbo)
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