View of Sheerness
A scene showing shipping in a storm and heavy sea off Sheerness. The painting focuses on the problems that shipping might encounter in such conditions. The sails of the ship on the left are flapping dangerously and threatening the stability of the ship. A small boat in front of it has lost its mast and the sail has fallen into the water. In the central foreground a boat has lost its mast and sails and is sinking. A rescue is under way. Several figures have jumped overboard and others have thrown a line to the ship in the foreground on the right which is itself rather dramatically lowering its sails. All this action amidst the foaming seas takes place against a backdrop of static calm through the backdrop of the houses ashore and ships at anchor. Ashore a ship can be seen on stocks in the process of construction.
British School, 18th century
- Image reference: BHC1931
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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