1866 Edward Duncan Watercolour of a Marine Wreck


A fine watercolour study of a wooden shipwreck on beach by the renowned Victorian artist Edward Duncan.

It shows what looks like the lower bow of the vessel, which has been split open, showing the construction layout of the timbers. The wreck is high and dry on a sandy beach. The painting has been signed E.D. in pencil and dated Sept 29th, 1866, on the lower right hand side of the painting. On the left hand side is a Edward Duncan circular ED studio ink stamp, typical of his works. Condition is good, with a couple of small foxing spots. The painting has been tastefully mounted, framed and glazed.

Edward Duncan (1803–1882) was an English master painter, known for his watercolours of coastal views and shipping. He was a member of the Royal Society of Watercolours and received Royal patronage from Queen Victoria. He was born in London and was apprenticed to Robert Havell, the principal aquatint engraver of Audubon's Birds of America. Duncan was thus afforded frequent opportunities of studying the works of Havell's brother, the watercolourist, William Havell. These developed his taste for drawing and the use of colour. In 1826, a project to engrave maritime scenes, after paintings by William John Huggins (the official artist to the royal court of King William IV, and King George IV) are said to have sparked Duncan's interest in marine subjects. A prolific artist, a sale of his works at Christie's in 1885 took three days; and a sale of 1887 lists nearly 2,000 of his sketches and paintings, after his death in Hampstead.

Size image: 34 x 24 cm (13 3/8 x 9 ½ inches)
Size frame: 55.5 x 45 x 1.6 cm (21 ¾ x 17 ¾ x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 1988 g