Of the many fine marine artists produced by 19th century England, most emerged through the major seaports such as Liverpool and London. One prominent exception was the seaport town of Hull on England's East Yorkshire coast. Beginning early in the century this small seaport produced many very fine local sea painters and ship portraitists in a tradition that continues to this day.
A number of fine canvases were produced in the latter part of the 19th century by Henry Moore who is listed in the Hull directories for 1895 as a marine artist living at 15 Marlborough Terrace. Moore's work bears some strong similarities in content, palette and atmosphere to that of Hull artist Henry Redmore (1820-1887), and it is believed that Moore was a follower and student of Redmore who continued to work in his style after his teacher's death in 1887.
Henry Moore's work was highly accomplished and there is no doubt that he had an eye of some skill when he viewed the sea and its relationship to sky and wind. His paintings are historically accurate and show important views of the shipping of the period.