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    Sale 12309

    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art

    7 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 191

    Samuel Scott (c.1701/2-1772)

    A large First Rate, thought to be the Royal William (formerly the Prince), lying at her anchorage, surrounded by other vessels and preparing to receive a distinguished - possibly Royal - visitor

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    Samuel Scott (c.1701/2-1772)
    A large First Rate, thought to be the Royal William (formerly the Prince), lying at her anchorage, surrounded by other vessels and preparing to receive a distinguished - possibly Royal - visitor
    oil on canvas
    50 x 72 in. (127 x 183 cm.)
    in a hand-carved and gilded frame


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    Samuel Scott, born in London in 1701/2, was with Peter Monamy, one of the two principal English marine painters in the first generation which followed the van de Veldes. His earliest sea painting dates from 1726 and his first recorded commission came in 1732, when he was invited by the East India Company to 'embellish with ships' six views of their settlements which were being executed by George Lambert. Some of his earliest paintings of naval engagements were done for the Vernon family, documenting Admiral Vernon's celebrated capture of Porto Bello in 1739 and subsequent operations, and these were so well received that other commissions for the so-called 'War of Jenkin's Ear' (1739) and the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48) soon followed. His final naval scenes date from the Seven Years' War (1756-63). Scott admired the paintings of Canaletto and that influence can be seen in the exactness of his work. Painting from his studio in Covent Garden, he attracted many commissions through his social connections, but was plagued greatly by sea-sickness and thus did not make many sea voyages.

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    Provenance

    Sir Walter George Stirling, Bt. (1802-1888), Borthwood, Isle of Wight; Christie's, London, 29 June 1878, lot 66, as 'W. van de Velde, A calm, with a fleet at anchor' (sold for 15 ½ gns to Rudd.)
    M. Bernard, London.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 13 November 1996, lot 3A.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN


    Literature

    The Connoisseur, London, February 1954.