The present lot would have been painted from The Viking, the 110 Schooner Brett bought to use, partly as a floating studio. 1885 was sadly the last year he could afford to run the boat, with its large crew and, although he kept her for another ten years, he never went to sea in her again.
The chronology of the last ten days of Brett's voyage in 1885 involved some short cruises off the south coast of England and is very approximate. This was due to his forgetting to bring the Log with him. As a result he had to write up the period a month later, when details were not quite as clear.
We are grateful to Charles Brett for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.