John Cromby (20th century)



Oil on board

38 x 49 cm

Signed lower right.

The Berean emerges from the horizon between a choppy sea and blue sky studded with clouds. The Berean was built by William Pile of Sunderland for Thomas B Walker of London in 1869, and was one of the fastest ships on the London-Tasmania run. The Berean was inward-bound from Langesund, Norway, with a cargo of ice, when she was struck by a foreign steamship and foundered on the 8th April 1910. In Cromby’s painting, a grey-green headland emerges from the right of the picture. Cromby was a Liverpool-based artist, renowned for his paintings of Liverpool docks.

Condition: excellent.

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