Big Ben the Bargee
A three-quarter-length double portrait to the right, sitting on a trunk and facing forward towards the viewer. On the right, with grey eyes and a small grey beard, Ben the bargee sits squarely in the stern of the barge, his left hand resting on the tiller as his gaze confronts the viewer. The cranes of Hull docks are visible in the background, with grey-painted ships, one clearly an armed merchantman, present on the left and the right, with barges alongside. The barges probably conveyed coal and other cargo and thus they could have belonged as equally in the 19th century as in the 20th.
- Image reference: BHC3146
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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