Large 19th Century Oil Painting Clipper Jute Ship Slieve Roe Off Calcutta Attributed Lai Fong
Capture the nautical essence of the sea in your home with this stunning, large 19th century marine oil painting of a majestic jute ship, the Slieve Roe Off Calcutta, attributed to Lai Fong. This artistic masterpiece, boasting intricate details and a subtle colour palette, is sure to inject a touch of exclusive elegance to any living space.
- Subject seascape marine portrait of the British 3 masted Jute Clipper Ship Slieve Roe in sie profile facing right outbound voyage sailing in rough choppy seas off the coast of Calcutta. With sailor figures on deck and the name of the vessel showing on the front side bow area. The British Union Jack ensign flag and 6 other ensign flags can be seen hoisted on the stern, middle & bow masts. With overcast blue sky showing overhead. You can see lifeboats on the side of the deck, on either flank in the distant horizon you can see silhouettes of other ships sailing along. Such a fascinating nautical scene.
- Title “The Jute Clipper Slieve Roe at Sea”.
- Unsigned, attributed to Lai Fong (Flourished between 1870-1910).
- Oil on canvas.
- Provenance ship biography & label verso.
- Origin India.
- An impressive large size with the frame being 108 cm wide and 77.5 cm high.
- Circa last quarter of 19th Century late Victorian era.
- Lai Fong artist biography was is a Chinese marine painter. Fong's works have sold at auctions around the world, with sold prices fetching up to 8,750 USD, which was for The Achnashie under full sail at Christie’s. Lai Fong was active and flourished in the late 19th to early 20th century 1870-1910, he moved from his native homeland Hong Kong to Kolkata formally Calcutta India. Well known for being a prime pier head artist. He loved to show his works on outbound ocean voyages. A true master for his exceptional attention to detail especially of sailing ships clippers and barques. You can locate other examples of his works like in the Merseyside Maritim Museum Liverpool & other known marine museum galleries around the world.
- The jute clipper Slieve Roe at sea oil on canvas 59 x 90cm The three-masted iron full-rigger Slieve Roe official number 78862 registered in Liverpool was ordered for the famous Sinclair fleet of so-called ‘colonial clippers’ owned by James Sinclair of Tyrone, Ulster. Built by Harland & Wolff yards number 115 and 110 at Belfast in 1878, she was registered at 1,749 tons gross (1,668 net) and measured 257 feet in length with a 38½ foot beam. The last of three identical sisters, Slieve Roe proved the fastest of the trio although it was said at the time that the ‘Slieves’ were the finest sailing ships ever to be launched from Harland & Wolff’s yards. On a passage out to Calcutta in 1883, Slieve Roe raced 1,500 miles in five days and averaged 16 knots for one stretch of 23½ hours. Sold to Simpson Bros. towards the end of the century, her successful career continued when she set a 28-day record between Melbourne and Callao (Chile) under their colours and remained in service with them until broken up in 1910.
- Sources Shipstamps, Royal Museums Greenwich, theyardinfo entryid115, wikipedia List of ships built by Harland and Wolff (1859-1929). National Library of Australia 14th May 1895 Ship Slieve Roe, Bonhams & Christie’s.
- An exceptional sought after collectible nautical marine artwork.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye a great conversation piece.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of subject marine matter such elaborate detail.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
- Incredible nautical conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine charming used condition.
- The painting front surface is in reasonable overall order having various noticeable craquelure and foxing stains, frame stretcher lines showing. The canvas has been reinforced around the edges with strip cotton lining. With some signs of paint touch ups in some areas, also with some paint loss in places.
- Set in a traditional later classic gilt & ebony colour painted frame, frame having general wear, chips, stains, losses in places commensurate with usage & age. It would benefit with a professional cleaning.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
Wide (108 cm)
High (77.5 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (6.5 cm)