Liverpool School, mid-19th Century
Liverpool School, mid-19th Century

The Liverpool sailing ship Idas outward-bound off the Tuskar Rock

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Liverpool School, mid-19th Century
The Liverpool sailing ship Idas outward-bound off the Tuskar Rock
oil on canvas
25½ x 40 in. (64.8 x 101.6 cm.)

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The Tuskar Rock is situated off the south east corner of Ireland, marking the seaward extension of a dangerous expanse of numerous lying reefs and unmarked isolated rocks. Having survived the many hazards of the Irish Sea, safely rounding the Tuskar Rock and attaining the open ocean must have proved a great relief for the Liverpool shipmaster.

Idas is identified by the name at the bow, and for the benefit of the distant lighthouse keeper confirmation is provided by the flag hoist at the mizzen masthead. Reading 1st. distinguishing pendant, 5,4,0,7 in the post 1840 edition of Captain Marryat's Code, this signifies Idas. As recorded initially in the 1854 Lloyd's Registers Idas was then owned by Klingender Brothers, merchants and shipowners of Liverpool, England, although built in the U.S.A in 1848. Following several changes of ownership she remained under the British flag until recorded as 'wrecked' in 1865, when owned by Adamson & Co. of London.

The painting shows Idas wearing the red houseflag of Klingender Bros., with the initials 'K B' in black on a white diamond, corresponding to an approximate date of Klingender Bros. ownership between 1854 and 1857. Of 706 tons capacity, and 144 feet in length, Idas was commanded by J. Wescott.

Christie's are grateful to Sam Davidson for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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