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  • Robert Cleveley (cat. 69) [B1975.4.1476] belonged to a family of marine painters. So too did John Thomas Serres. His father Dominic Serres, from a well off Gascon family, ran away to sea and arrived in England as Prisoner of war in the 1750s. After studying with the marine painter Charles Brooking, the elder Serres achieved considerable success in that line, becoming Marine Painter to George III in 1780. Unlike Robert Cleveley, John Thomas Serres has no practical experience of ships and the sea. But he was a pupil of his father and, on his father's death in 1793, succeeded him as Marine Painter to George III. In 1800 John Thomas Serres was also appointed Marine Draughtsman to the Admiralty. One of his duties was to provide detailed elevations of the coastlines of Britain, France, and Spain. His View of Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with Shipping may be related to the production of these official coastal views. The more modest but also more charming A Hoy and a Lugger with other Shipping on a Calm Sea depicts two of the types of small vessels that plied the coastal trade around England and Holland in the eighteenth century.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Spreading Canvas : Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, p. 273, 276, cat. 137, ND 1373.G74 S67 2016 (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 23.8cm
  • Dimension width :: 66.7cm
  • Exhibition :: Masters of the Sea - British Marine Watercolors
  • Exhibition :: Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth - Century British Marine Painting
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 6, S- 2
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: boats
  • Subject Concept :: castle
  • Subject Concept :: crowd
  • Subject Concept :: island
  • Subject Concept :: marine art
  • Subject Concept :: sailboat
  • Subject Concept :: sea
  • Subject Place :: Castle Cornet
  • Subject Place :: Channel Islands
  • Subject Place :: Guernsey
  • Subject Place :: Saint Peter Port
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • View of Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with Shipping
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