15 June 2001
Thomas Luny (1759-1837)
A thirty-eight gun frigate and other men-o'war leaving Torbay
signed 'Luny' (lower left)
oil on canvas
31½ x 48 in. (80 x 122 cm.)
with Hahn, London, 1970 (from whom acquired by the present owner).
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