Oil Painting Transatlantic Marine Sailing Steam Ship SS Great Britain By Salvatore Colacicco
Discover the glory of the seas with Salvatore Colacicco's breathtaking oil painting depicting the SS Great Britain Marine sail steamship - a masterpiece that will captivate anyone with its powerful colours and inspiring details. Let your home be the next proud host of this amazing transatlantic sailing vessel!
- Subject seascape marine portrait of the famous steam sailing iron hull ship SS Great Britain, in full side-profile view facing left on the high seas, steaming along dramatic choppy rough high atlantic seas approaching the grand banks, you can see smoke billowing out of the single funnel, you can see the rigging and 3 sails are hoisted & having 6 masts, you can see figures on deck to the bow and stern and lifeboats along the aft side, at the stern you can see the Union Jack flag along with other ensign flags flying. You can also see the name of the ship on the bow, Great Britain & also on the stern. In the lower foreground are tall rough swells, really choppy high seas which are crashing along the side, a mix of blue and gray & overcast cloudy sky overhead.
- Title "SS Great Britain".
- This is one of his fine marine works.
- Oil on wood panel.
- Circa late 20th century.
- Set in a beautiful original decorative gilt frame which further enhances this natural adventure painting.
- Signed by the well-known artist Salvatore Colacicco, bottom left.
- Salvatore Colacicco is a Postwar & Contemporary painter. Artist biography Salvatore Colacicco is a world-renowned marine artist who was born in 1935 in Bellagio, near Lake Como and studied at Brera Academy, Milan. He is a postwar and contemporary artist. He has been living in England for over thirty years.
- Nearly all Salvatore Colacicco's paintings during that time have been exported to the United States and sold by Tonins of Nantucket Island. These now adorn the walls of many a Board Room and Directors Office throughout the States.
- Salvatore Colacicco's style of painting very much reminds one of marine artists throughout the 19th century with an obvious Italian feel.
Among Acolasics achievements were 26 panels illustrating the history and development of the paddle steamer, (of which he had made a special study of those used on the Italian Lakes), painted for the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth
- Salvatore Colacicco's paintings have been exhibited at auctions around the world. The current highest selling price for this artist at auction is 5,098 USD, which was for the American ships Ontario and Liberty, both depicted off Naples that sold at Christie's.
- SS Great Britain is a now a museum ship and former passenger steamship that was advanced for her time. She was the largest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859), for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York City. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propellor, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean, which she did in 1845, in 14 days.
The ship is 322 ft (98 m) in length and has a 3,400-ton displacement. She was powered by two inclined two-cylinder engines of the direct acting type, with twin cylinders an 88 in (220 cm) bore, of 6-foot (1.8 m) stroke. She was also provided with secondary masts for sail power. The four decks provided accommodation for a crew of 120, plus 360 passengers who were provided with cabins, and dining and promenade saloons. Installed power 2 × twin 88-inch (220 cm) cylinder, bore, 6 ft (1.83 m) stroke, 500 hp (370 kW), 18 rpm inclined direct-acting steam engines.
- Propulsion single screw propeller, sail plan original: five schooner-rigged and one square-rigged mast. After 1853: Three square-rigged masts. Speed 10 to 11 knots (19 to 20 km/h; 12 to 13 mph)
When launched in 1843, Great Britain was by far the largest vessel afloat. But her protracted construction time of six years (1839–1845) and high cost had left her owners in a difficult financial position, and they were forced out of business in 1846, having spent all their remaining funds reflating the ship after she ran aground at Dundrum Bay in County Down near Newcastle in what is now Northern Ireland, after a navigation error. In 1852, she was sold for salvage and repaired. Great Britain later carried thousands of emigrants to Australia from 1852 until being converted to all-sail in 1881. Three years later, she was retired to the Falkland Islands, where she was used as a warehouse, quarantine ship and coal hulk until she was scuttled in 1937, 98 years after being laid down.
- In 1970, after Great Britain had been abandoned for 33 years, Sir Jack Arnold Hayward, ONE (1923–2015) paid for the vessel to be raised and repaired enough to be towed north through the Atlantic back to the United Kingdom, and returned to the Bristol dry dock where she had been built 127 years earlier. Hayward was a prominent business executive, developer, philanthropist and owner of the English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Great Britainis a visitor attraction and museum ship in Bristol Harbour, with between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors annually.
- Provenance labels verso.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye, a great conversation piece.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the subject marine matter such elaborate detail.
- With new metal hanging brackets attached on the back ready for home or office wall display.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Front painting surface in good overall order. Having some foxing staining and scuffs, grazes to the surface in places. The frame, which has general wear, scuffs, stains, scratches, cracking, some chip losses and repairs in places commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame
High (64.5 cm)
Wide (90 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (5.5 cm)