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Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1842)   British master Naval painter   | Biography

Thomas Buttersworth, "The Loss of the East Indiamen Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24th January 1809", oil painting

 "The Loss of the East Indiamen Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24th January 1809"
Circa 1810  

Thomas Buttersworth, "The Loss of the East Indiamen Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24th January 1809", oil paintingSigned lower middle "T. Buttersworth" faded
Thomas Buttersworth, "The Loss of the East Indiamen Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24th January 1809", oil painting

Thomas Buttersworth, "The Loss of the East Indiamen Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24th January 1809", oil painting

Oil on canvas

Site: 16" x 24"

Period Frame 22" x 29 1/4"

Provenance:
Prominent Massachusetts Auction



Condition:
Excellent for age (200 years)
Inpaint to sky and sails of boat in foreground with a
varnish wash over canvas. Relined.
Slight flaking of paint along right edge.
Tight craculature.
Slight losses to gesso on gilt frame

 

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Description: The 813-ton East Indiaman 'Admiral Gardner' was built in 1796 at Blackwall. She was named after Alan Gardner, the first Baron Gardner (1742–1809), who had a distinguished naval career until he became a Member of Parliament in 1796. Commanded by William Eastfield, she was wrecked off South Foreland on the Goodwin Sands, a notorious stretch of the Thames Estuary, on 25 January 1809. Her loss was a serious blow to the East India Company as she was carrying 54 tons of specially-minted copper coinage, destined for the Company's Mint at Madras.

Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London