London, South Kensington
7 July 2016
William Barton (d. 1814)
The Stoney Smith off a shipyard, Hull, with the South Blockhouse beyond; and The Stoney Smith in two positions off Hull
the first signed with initials and dated 'W B 1809' (lower left)
oil on canvas
23 x 30 in. (58.4 x 76.2 cm.)
with T.W. Best, Hull, until 1953.
Anonymous sale; Bonhams, London, 17 February 2004, lot 80.
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A.G. Credland, Marine Painting in Hull through Three Centuries, Beverley, 1993, pp. 39-41.
London, Messum's, The Call of the Running Tide, 2008, nos. 44a and 44b.
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It is unusual for works by William Barton to appear on the market. He was active at the beginning of the 19th century, and has left us a number of interesting topographical pieces with a greater or lesser degree of nautical content. His brief obituary notice in the Hull Advertiser on 20 August 1814 describes him as a panorama painter and his 'signature' of elongated figures in his pictures suggests that he was experimenting with perspective.
The first picture in this pair shows a brig entering the river Hull, looking east toward the South Blockhouse with a portion showing of the shipyard at South End on the west bank. The pair of pictures show the same vessel, the Stoney Smith flying the flags of the same owner and is probably a Baltic trader.
There are two examples of Barton's work in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
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