1985.19 | Albion

 
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Albion
(Attributed to / Attribué à) Francis Hustwick, (1
1834-1848, 19th century
61.5 x 82 cm
Purchased with a grant approved by the Minister of Communications under the terms of the Cultural Properties Export and Import Act, 1985
1985.19
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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John Hammond of Saint John owned the Albion until she was sold at Liverpool, England, in 1848. The ship was wrecked at Richibucto, New Brunswick in 1853 while under the ownership of T. H. Hoderness of Liverpool.

The existence of two portraits of this vessel allows comparison between two artists, Francis Hustwick and Thomas Dove. It also provides a check on the technical accuracy of ship portraits, and documentation of any changes over time. In comparing the two portraits, it is obvious that Hammond altered the appearance of his ship at some point. Changing a vessel's colour and rigging over the years, however, was not uncommon.

Source : The Golden Age of Sail [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    The Albion is shown with mock gunports painted on canvas, a common ruse to make a merchant ship look like a naval vessel and thus discourage pirates.

  • Where

    The bustling port of Liverpool is depicted in the background of this ship portrait.

  • When

    William Isaac Olive built the square-rigged ship Albion in 1834 at Carleton, New Brunswick.

  • Who

    This portrait, formerly credited to Liverpool artist Samuel Walters, has recently been attributed to British artist Francis Hustwick (1797-1865).