Painting, SS Great Britain, beached ashore, Dundrum Bay Ireland, at high water and in a gale

Made:
1842-1852 in United Kingdom
artist:
Joseph Walter

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Painting. [SS Great Britain] / J. Walter, c1847. Oil on canvas; 62x92cm in frame, 88x113x6.5cm. Signed bl. Portrait of the 3500-tons, iron screw steam ship Great Britain (1843), when beached ashore, Dundrum Bay Ireland, depicted at high water and in a gale, in December 1846. She ran ashore in September 1846, and remained in this position for 11 months, exposed to the full force of gales from the west and south-west and nearly submerged at every high tide. [She was refloated in August by Captain Claxton RN using a breakwater of faggots, stones and birch trees, designed by IK Brunel; see also, pendant painting 1865-36/2]

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1865-36/1
Measurements:
frame: 880 mm x 1130 mm x 65 mm,
image: 620 mm x 920 mm
type:
steamship
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • visual and verbal communication
  • oil painting - visual work
credit:
On loan from Capt. Christopher Claxton, RN