A ship hove down and burning off
This is the only known surviving oil painting by Gabriel Bray (1750-1823). The vessel is probably naval, since a number of guns have been landed on the quay prior to her being hove down for breaming, which is what is being shown. A small naval sloop appears to the right, with a further vessel beyond with only lower masts standing. This therefore appears to be a fairly substantial repair facility and it may be a scene in the West Indies, to which Bray made two voyages via the West African coast when second lieutenant of HMS 'Pallas' in 1774-77. The purpose of these was to survey and report on the African forts and 'factories' then under British control. The picture is signed at the lower left.
- Image reference: BHC1116
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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