Shipping off Swansea

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Framed oil on canvas

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7939P

SHIPPING IN A SQUALLY SEA OFF SWANSEA

JAMES HARRIS SNR OF SWANSEA

1810-1887
Oil on canvas 18 x 30 inches
Framed size 27 ½ x 39 ½ inches
Signed & dated 1863

James Harris was born in Exeter and became a marine artist.
In 1828 he moved to the Mumbles, Swansea and then to London in the mid 1830’s. He met there and is said to have worked with George Chambers Snr. As well as being a painter, Harris is reputed to have been a seaman who had rounded the Horn in copper ore ships. This gave him a superb understanding of the sea and weather.
He exhibited his paintings at the Royal Academy in 1859 and 1862, also at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists.
While living at the Mumbles James painted many seascapes of that area. He also spent some time at Swansea harbour where a small group of highly skilled marine artists including James Harris Jnr and Edward Duncan recorded the ships and captured the rigors of life at sea.

Harris’s marine paintings are truly amongst the very finest painted in the
19th Century and his name should be far more widely recognized. His mature works are every bit the match of his former master George Chambers.

In 1882 he retired to Reynoldston on the Gower Peninsula.

Works Represented: National Maritime Museum; Swansea Museum; Glyn Vivian Art Gallery

Bibl: British 19C Marine Painting – D. Brook-Hart
Dictionary of Sea Painters – E.H.H. Archibald

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