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An 18th Century Pair of Maritime Gouaches

An 18th Century Pair of Maritime Gouaches


Circa 1750 England

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Height 11 1/2 inches (29.21 cm)
Width 13 inches (33.02 cm)

Dimensions refer to framed size

A pair of 18th century maritime pictures.

Follower of Peter Monamy, (circa 1681 - 1749)

Gouache on card - Set in their original frames

18th Century England and France celebrated a number of naval conquests and artists, some with naval experience themselves, were frequently commissioned to capture the scenes. This particular pair of Gouache maritime scenes were painted on card circa 1750 in the style of Peter Monamy, an important painter of Maritime Scenes whose renditions of battles - such as Admiral Vernon's Capture of Porto Bello - could be seen in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Admired for his particular attention and skill in depicting finer details such as the ropes, sails as well as his understanding of ship building, he became an artistic inspiration for a great number of followers.

Gouache is a method of painting, first recorded 600 years ago. It is an opaque medium, similar to watercolour as the paint can be re-wet after application, but it contains more pigment producing a heavier, opaque and reflective result. It became immensely popular in France during the 18th century and was often used to add extra detail to pastel pictures. By about 1740 the method had reached England, being considered an important medium and used frequently by artists such as Paul Sandby.

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