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Date: 1894
Overall: 534 x 708 mm, 0.45 kg
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00017732
Place Manufactured:Newcastle

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    This watercolour painting depicts the clipper ship THOMAS STEPHENS under full sail in heavy seas. The ship's name can be seen near the bow and some crew can be seen on the deck. It has been attributed to George Frederick Gregory, who worked with Godfrey's studio.
    SignificanceThis painting is an excellent example of late 19th century Australian ship portraiture.
    HistoryShip painters of colonial Australia supplied a growing market of owners, officers and crew of the thousands of ships visiting Australian ports. Artists worked around the country, painting faithful portraits of ships under sail or steam. From the late 19th century artists began to work with photographers to provide accurate detail. Paintings and photographs were offered on board to be carried back to home ports around the world.

    The THOMAS STEPHENS, built and launched in July 1869 by William H. Potter & Co., Liverpool for the Black Ball Line, was considered to be one of the finest ships of its time. It was a fast sailing ship and made many passages to Australian waters with passengers and general cargo. THOMAS STEPHENS traded to many ports; for grain cargo to New Zealand; to Sydney for wool; to Melbourne for wheat; and from Antwerp to Sydney immigrant passengers.
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    Web title: Untitled - The THOMAS STEPHENS

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