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This is a very large, fine mid-19th century seascape depicting shipping ‘On the Medway’ with a disabled battle ship being towed into port by the eminent Victorian artist William Adolphus Knell (1801-1875). This important English maritime painting is signed by the artist and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1864.

Throughout most of his career William Adolphus Knell signed his paintings William Knell Jnr. Once two of his sons – William Callcott Knell (1830-1880) and Adolphus Knell (fl.1870-90) became professional artists he began signing as W.A. Knell Snr.

A very successful marine painter of the mid-19th century William Augustus Knell exhibited 29 paintings at the Royal Academy (including the painting being sold here), 44 at the British Institution, and 20 with the Royal Society of British Artists and was twice commissioned by Queen Victoria to paint seascapes for the Royal Household. His picture ‘The Arrival of Prince Albert’ was bought by the prince consort himself in 1840, and remains in the Royal Collection. Large marine scenes by William Adolphus Knell are held in many major national collections including the National Museums of Scotland and the Greenwich Maritime Museum.

Dimensions: (framed) 145cm x 94cm (57” x 37”)
Dimensions: (canvas only) 127cm x 78cm (50” x 30¾”)
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Provenance: Exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1864, latterly in private UK collection.
Presentation: Mid-20th century Louis XVI giltwood swept frame.
Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang.

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