Seascape from the 'Birkdale'
A sketch of an empty horizon from the deck of the 'Birkdale'. The artist has impressionistically suggested sky and sea with minimal brush strokes to achieve a dramatic effect. The sketch concentrates on the effects of the light from the sun, although the sun itself is not visible. The sea is flecked with a variety of colours and the artist has allowed the ground colour of the support to show through, particularly in the foreground. The sky is bathed in a lemon light and there is a horizontal band of colour on the horizon to represent a bank of cloud. Other clouds are implied by a line of thicker paint at the top and by blotches of dark purple and brown and carmine red in the sky. Everett joined the barque, 'Birkdale', and sailed from Bristol to Sabine Pass, Texas, April to June 1920.
Herbert Barnard John Everett
- Image reference: BHC0097
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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