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Dominic Serres, R.A. (Auch, Gascony 1719-1793 London)
Dominic Serres, R.A. (Auch, Gascony 1719-1793 London)

Naval shipping off Sheerness, with an Admiralty yacht of the white squadron, a frigate and a third-rate entering the Medway

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Dominic Serres, R.A. (Auch, Gascony 1719-1793 London)
Naval shipping off Sheerness, with an Admiralty yacht of the white squadron, a frigate and a third-rate entering the Medway
oil on canvas
42¼ x 66½ in. (107.3 x 168.9 cm.)
Provenance
R. Hamilton-Hunter, Dublin, where acquired on 23 November 1953 (£150), when the Professor was lecturing at Trinity College.

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French-born Serres, who came to England in the late 1740s as the captive commander of a Spanish merchant ship, was one of the thirty-six founding members of the Royal Academy of Art in London. He was widely applauded in his day, and was honoured in 1791 with the title of Marine Painter-in-Ordinary to King George III. In 1777 Captain Hyde Parker wrote while on board the Invincible, 'Serres is the best painter I know...' In the same year he commissioned Serres to paint episodes from the American War of Independence (1775-82).

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