The building of the 'Great Eastern', 1857
Carmichael, the son of a ship's carpenter, was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was apprenticed to a ship builder and may have gone to sea before becoming an artist. Between 1835 and 1859 he exhibited mainly marine subjects at the Royal Academy and also exhibited at the British Institution. In 1855 he was sent to record the Crimean War on the Baltic front for 'The Illustrated London News' and while he was there kept a journal of his experiences. This watercolour or a related drawing was engraved and published in the magazine in 1857. Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 'Great Eastern', was laid down at Millwall on the Thames opposite Greenwich in 1854 and launched in 1858.
John Wilson Carmichael
Original size: 217 mm x 320 mm
- Image reference: PW6224
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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