Chorley’s forthcoming sale on Thursday 13th December contains a superb collection of prints, watercolours and oil paintings relating to Plymouth and its naval history.
There are several interesting views including Plymouth Fish Market (Lot 325) by Nicholas Matthew Condy (1818-1851), showing figures haggling, carrying an estimate of £2,500-3,000.
Nicholas Matthew Condy (1818-1851) Plymouth Fish Market
Signed, oil on board, 61cm x 25.5cm Est £2,500-3,000
Another more dramatic scene is Lot 336 by Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821) which shows the East Indiaman “Dutton” being driven aground in Plymouth
Sound in 1796. Plymouth Sound was not a safe anchorage and many ships were wrecked there during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Dutton had around 400 soldiers as well as a number of women and children on board when she hit rocks and lost her rudder while trying to reach shelter.
A certain Captain Edward Pellew saw crowds rushing towards the ship as it was driven onto the rocks and he followed them to the shore. In the chaos all seemed lost but Pellew took control of the rescue with calmness and
authority. He went on board threatening to run his sword through anybody who disobeyed his orders and soon an orderly rescue was underway. The young officer returned to shore to the cheers of the crowd and in due course he was presented the Freedom of the Borough and was created Lord Exmouth by the King. This dramatic scene of the stricken vessel asks £5,000-8,000.
Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821)
The Distressed Situation of the East Indiaman ‘Dutton’ driven ashore at Plymouth Sound, 1796
Oil on canvas, 51cm x 61cm
Historically one of the greatest threats to our country came with the Spanish Armada in 1588. The tale of the Armada is bound up with the fame of Devon-born Sir Francis Drake. Perhaps the most popular myth about
Drake is that he was playing bowls on Plymouth Hoe when he heard about the approaching Armada. He remarked that there was still time to finish his game AND beat the Spaniards. The sale includes Lot 335, a late 16th /
early 17th century portrait of Drake at £1,000-1,500 and Lot 324, a painting by Frank Moss Bennett (1874-1953) entitled ‘The Spanish Menace’ depicting Queen Elizabeth I conferring with her naval commanders, estimate £10,000-
16th/17th century English School Portrait of Sir Francis Drake
Oil on panel, 49.5cm x 38.75cm Est £1,000-1,500
Plymouth also cemented its place in history as the point from which the Pilgrim Fathers set off on their journey to colonise the New World in 1620. This scene is depicted in Lot 331, an oil painting by Bernard Finegan Gribble (1872-1962) which carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-800.
Bernard Finegan Gribble
The Mayflower setting sail from Plymouth Signed, oil on canvas
43cm x 54cm Est £600-800
This interesting collection is sure to attract attention from anybody with an interest in Plymouth, Devon and the West Country as well as collectors of marine art.
For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on
Tuesday 11th December, 9am-7pm; Wednesday, 12th, 9am-
5pm; Thursday, 13th , 8.30am-10.30am.
Source: IONA PR