Paddle steamer 'Dumbarton Castle' in the Clyde off Dumbarton Rock
The artist has shown her from the perspective of the shore and has set the ship against the spectacular scenery with Dumbarton Castle positioned high on the left. The far shore is cast in cloud and rain and the near shore is shown in the immediate foreground on the right. Smoke from the stack of the steamer echoes the clouds and sheets of rain falling over the land. The painting contrasts different methods of sail, from the sailing ship on the left, the steamer with its smoke trailing and the rowing boat on the shore in the foreground. The 'Dumbarton Castle' built in 1815, was the first of the Rothesay steamer trade and brought leisure travel via the day-long excursion trip. Although there were many vessels operating in river estuaries there are very few paintings of them.
- Image reference: D9791
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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