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Date: 1871
Mount: 806 x 651 mm
Sight: 426 x 593 mm
Overall: 651 x 806 mm, 3.9 kg
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00006226
Place Manufactured:Melbourne

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    This watercolour of the American bark NEHEMIAH GIBSON under sail was painted by George Frederick Gregory in 1871.
    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.

    George Frederick Gregory (1824 - 1887) jumped ship in Melbourne in 1852 to join the goldrush. Unsuccessful, he set up a studio painting ships. His sons George Frederick junior and Arthur Victor followed in his footsteps.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: BARK "NEHEMIAH GIBSON"

    Web title: NEHEMIAH GIBSON

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