~ Portsmouth Harbour Maritime Watercolour By Thomas Sewell Robins ~
A lovely large watercolour of Portsmouth Harbour by the maritime artist Thomas Sewell Robins (1810-1880).
The painting depicts an English four-decker ship of the line in Portsmouth harbour.
The ship is central to the picture with Portsmouths ‘Round Tower’ and the ‘Hotwalls’ to the right hand side with other ships in the background.
The piece is beautifully painted with great detail and feeling.
It is signed in the bottom right hand corner by the artist.
The piece is mounted and presented in a glazed frame, modern but in a period style.
~ Dimensions ~
The painting measures 53cm (20 ¾ inches) by 41cm (16 inches).
The frame measures 71cm (28 inches) by 61cm ((24 inches).
It weighs 3.68 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The painting is in a lovely condition with no damage.
There are a couple of dark marks which maybe foxing but could well be flecks of paint and there is a little stain in the top right hand corner.
The frame has a few chips but is in a decent condition.
~ T.S. Robins ~
Thomas Sewell Robins (Devonport 8 May 1810 – 9 August 1880) was a British painter of maritime subjects
Born in Devonport, Devon, he was admitted into the Royal Academy Schools on 22 April 1829 under the sponsorship of fellow Devonian James
Northcote, a former pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. His professor of painting was Thomas Phillips and his lecturer in perspective was J.M.W. Turner.
He was an early member of the New Watercolour Society and the Institute of Painters in Watercolours
A prolific painter, he exhibited 7 works at the RA; 39 at the British Institute; 21 at the Suffolk Street Galleries and 317 works at the New
Watercolour Society. Failing health forced him to reduce his commitments in 1865–66. He died in 1880.
Robins specialized in coastal marine subjects, working primarily in watercolours and on occasion in oils. He did some paintings, particularly some
large scale yachting scenes in the Solent some of which were engraved by Dolby, Harris and others. His work is in the collections of the Victoria
and Albert Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the British Museum, the City of Portsmouth Museum, Cartwright Hall (Bradford),
Howarth Museum and Gallery (Accrington), Newport Art Gallery, the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead), the National Maritime
Museum at Greenwich, and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.