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Post Favorite Naval Portraits
Since Mil gave me a prod about Hugh Clapperton's portrait in the thread about cutlass exercises, I decided to start this thread.

To start off, here's one of Frederick Marryat

The reason why I like it is that it isn't as "stiff" as some of the more formal naval portraits with the sitters in uniform. I think Marryat's personality comes through. The hint of a smile is pleasing.

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Sat Sep 30, 2006 9:45 pm
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Thanks to Susie who pointed me in the right direction of this contribution!

You might vaguely recognise this one!! The engraving is rather fine but not to be compared with the portrait, a portion of which appears on the left ... Sir Harry Burrard Neale.

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Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:19 pm
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Post Re: Favorite Naval Portraits
Here is a link to two portraits of Captain Philip Beaver RN by the Cornish artist John Opie, known as The Cornish Wonder. Beaver was active in attempts to abolish the slave trade. He looks sensitive and compassionate; his eyes look very sad.

P.S. On looking again at this portrait, I wonder if it has been printed in reverse. The commentary says he is 'looking to the left'; but he appears to be looking to the right [his right, that is.] Moreover, his coat is buttoned on the left or 'lady's side'.

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Post Re: Favorite Naval Portraits
As he is described in both paintings as "looking to the left" (but not HIS left) perhaps there was/is a convention in the art world that such descriptions are from the observer's viewpoint rather than that of the subject?

Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:33 pm
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the link to marryat at the start of this thread seems to have broken. Try the above instead

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Post Re: Favorite Naval Portraits
Thanks for this. I find images of writers strangely fascinating and, like radio personalities, they often come as a surprise.


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