John Tudgay 
The Barque SCOTLAND Off Dover in Two Positions British (fl.1836-1865)

Oil on Canvas Dated 1851
24 x 36 Inches 29 ½ x 42 Inches Framed
Signed LR: I. Tudgay 1851  
   

John Tudgay 
 
British (fl.1836-1865)
 
The Barque SCOTLAND Off Dover in Two Positions
(Liverpool Ship Portrait)

Oil on Canvas Dated 1851
24 x 36 Inches 29 ½ x 42 Inches Framed
Signed LR: I. Tudgay 1851  
   

A strong commissioned portrait of the Portland, Maine barque straight from the heart of the sailing era. Likely ordered by her master, Jacob Merryman, for her owner, William Stanwood, the ship served for years. The two position portrait is complimented with the small ketch and gig boat near her, and the nice profile of the sidewheel steam pilot awaiting her maneuver. The Dover headland with a silhouette of the main castle complete the scene.

It is interesting to note that the works of I. Tudgay appear only in the singular, rather than in conjunction with the other family members. There is one school of thought which believes that ‘J’ and ‘I’ are the same.

This portrait shows some very tight detail in both views of the barque, which is reefing in sails to come to anchor. Built in 1836 at Brunswick, Maine for her owner by Stephen Harris, she measured 132’9"L x 30’1.5"B x 15’1"D. Harris had family members in the lumber and ship building trades since the pre-colonial establishment of the Kennebec communities, whom were widely known for their American schooners. Only fitting she is portrayed in a fine manner by this renown member of a family of artists.


Provenance: Malcolm S. Burroughs Collection, Massachusetts