Drawings, Watercolours and Prints | 25 April 2013
Samuel Bough RSA (1822-1878) - The Dreadnought from Greenwich Stairs - Sun sinking into Vapour,
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Samuel Bough RSA (1822-1878)
The Dreadnought from Greenwich Stairs - Sun sinking into Vapour,
gouache on canvas, signed Sam Bough, and dated 1861, lower left, 90 x 71cm (35 1/2 x 28 in).
⁂ Provenance: with Moss Galleries, London; private collection.
With echoes of Turner's 'Fighting Temeraire' of some 20 years previously, in both physical and atmospheric subject matter, this major work is one of Sam Bough's few southern harbour or maritime scenes. Born in the north of England, he had married and lived in Glasgow, before settling in Edinburgh in 1855, and it is with Scotland that his work is overwhelmingly associated.
It records the last passage of the Royal Navy's Napoleonic era 98-gun man-of-war, HMS Dreadnought in 1857. Launched at Portsmouth in 1801, she formed part of the blockade of Cadiz in 1805 and then played an active part in the Battle of Trafalgar later that same year. Much of the rest of the war was spent in the English Channel and the Baltic. In 1827, Dreadnought was converted to a lazaretto, or quarantine ship, shortly before becoming a hospital ship in 1831.Although broken up in 1857, her importance in this last role saw the name endure, first in the replacement hospital ship, originally named Caledonia, then in the Seaman's Dreadnought Hospital, when the service was transferred to dry land at Greenwich, in 1870, and it still survives in the Dreadnought Unit at St Thomas's Hospital, which this later became.
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