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    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 232

    George Ruck Keene, mid 19th century

    The Harbour at Valparaiso, Chile

    Price Realised  

    George Ruck Keene, mid 19th century
    The Harbour at Valparaiso, Chile
    titled 'Valparaiso' (lower right)
    watercolour on paper
    7 3/8 x 11¾in. (18.7 x 30cm.)


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    George Ruck Keene joined the Royal Navy in 1849 and was made Lieutenant in February 1852. Having joined H.M.S. Juno a frigate mounting 26 guns he saw service in South and Central America in the 1850's and Log books kept by him at the time are illustrated with watercolours of the ports visited. The Juno, having been converted into a sail training ship in 1878 and renamed Atalanta disappeared without trace whilst on passage home from Bermuda in February 1880.

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