London, South Kensington
3 December 2015
James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894)
Frigate approaching the mouth of the Tagus with a paddle steamer passing the Belem Tower, Lisbon
signed 'J.E. Buttersworth' (lower right)
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm.)
with Leger Galleries, London, August 1972.
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R.J. Schaefer, J.E. Buttersworth, 19th Century Marine Painter, Mystic Seaport, 1975, p. 62, pl. 37 & p. 254, no. 420.
A typical work of Buttersworth's late English period, Rudolph Schaefer dates the work to c. 1842. The Belem Tower was a favourite location for Buttersworth, and the present work showcases his skill at meticulously capturing the characteristics of four different types of vessel.
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