A British Armed Sloop and Auxiliary Brig, 1808

Robert Salmon (1775 - ca. 1845)
Oil on canvas
20 5/16 x 30 15/16 inches
Initialed and dated lower right: R. S 1808


Private collection

Private collection, Saint Mande, France, by descent from above, until 2006

Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, July 27, 2006, lot 227 (as A British Armed Sloop in Three Positions Off a Coast Homeward Bound)

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above


This painting depicts two merchant vessels off Liverpool, England. On the ship in the foreground one can see the details of the ship’s rigging and the Red Ensign (merchant ship flag of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, used since 1707) blowing in the wind. The blue and white flag signifies that the captain wants to move closer to the ship depicted on the left.

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