A smuggler chased by a brig
This seascape of a smuggler being chased by a brig at night uses established theatrical means to create a sensation of adventure for the viewer. Across dark waves, which are lit dramatically out of tempestuous clouds, a smuggler is trying to escape. In the background, topographical features, which may relate to the British Channel coast, can be seen. Here, a fire reveals further raid-related action on the beach, with what may be a Revenue service cutter anchored on the right. In the late 18th century and early 19th century a scene like this fulfilled the audience
- Image reference: BHC1113
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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