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Portrait of LADAS

Date: 1919
Dimensions:
Overall: 693 x 644 mm, 4.1 kg
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00015527
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    The fully rigged steel bark LADAS is depicted with its sails unfurled and members of its crew on deck. The vessel flies the Norwegian merchant flag at its stern with a white cross on a red background. This painting is a detailed depiction of the ship that shows its anchor at the bow, funnel, life boats and buoys. LADAS was active on the trade route between America and Newcastle, NSW.

    SignificanceThis painting was produced by one of the last great marine artists to depict sailing ships. It is rare to find a piece of his work available for public display, as the majority of his paintings are owned by private collectors.
    HistoryLADAS was a British bark built by Ritson & Co at Maryport in 1894 and named after a racehorse that won the Derby. LADAS was the most well known and fastest of three sister ships. The vessel was commanded by Captain Tom Messenger on its maiden voyage, traveling from Maryport to Corral, Chile and then on to Newcastle, Australia. LADAS was active between the years of 1914 and 1918, before it was sold to Norwegian interests and broken up in 1921.
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    Primary title: Portrait of LADAS

    Web title: Portrait of LADAS

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