01 Marine Painting – Henry Scott’s The clipper ship Light Brigade, with Footnotes, #347

Henry Scott, (British, 1911-2005)
The clipper ship ‘The Light Brigade’, c. 1966

Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches (61.0 x 91.4 cm)
Private collection

Ocean Telegraph was an American clipper ship. Built in 1854 for the run between New York and San Francisco, she was later sold and renamed Light Brigade in 1863. For the next 12 years she was used predominantly to transport cargo and immigrants between London and Australia and New Zealand.

She was described as “a very sharp clipper and said to be one of the most perfect ships ever built”. In common with other clipper ships of the day she was constructed from wood and with three masts. Also in common with other clipper ships of the day her hull was painted black, and the bottom of the hull lined with copper. 

From 1854 to her sale in 1863 she was involved in moving cargo and passengers between New York and San Francisco. In common with many other clippers at the time, she was sometimes unable to procure a return cargo and when this happened had to return to New York in ballast.

Each time Light Brigade had sailed to Australia and New Zealand she carried around 400 passengers, mail and a cargo of general merchandise. 

In 1883 she was condemned and sold to Gibraltar where she was converted into a coal-hulk. More on Ocean Telegraph

Henry Scott F.R.S.A, 1911-2005, British, was a painter of marines and coastal subjects strongly associated with the Royal Society of Artists. As well as painting lucrative shipping portraits for some of his wealthy clientele, he also executed a number of works of British and American clippers. His works have often been confused with those of Montague Dawson. Scott worked in a similar way to that of Dawson and captured a wonderful freshness and feel of immediacy. Scott’s palette is striking, with all surfaces and elements observed, capturing every movement in full flow. His sails are nearly always bellowed with a good stiff breeze, which is further emphasised by the spray of the water being wisped across the top of the choppy seas. Particularly notable are his skies which move the subject helping the canvas feel alive. In 1970 Scott was commissioned to paint ‘Morning Cloud’ which was skippered and owned by the then Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Edward Heath, P.C., M.B.E., M.P.. Scott exhibited at the Society of Marine Artists; The Royal Exchange, London; The Guildhall, London and The Royal Academy. He also exhibited at the St. Malo Museum, France and at Madison Square in New York. He was honoured as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and awarded an honorary Life Member ‘Cape Homers’ by the International Association of Master Mariners. More on Henry Scott

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