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An Important English Sailor's Woolwork (woolie) Picture of Ships in a Fortified Harbour., Circa 1875

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An Important English Sailor's Woolwork Picture of Ships in a Fortified Harbour,

Circa 1875


The picture is a remarkable sailor's woolie depicting a Royal Navy “Third Rater” getting underway from a river estuary guarded by a British fort which can be seen in the right foreground.  


Cannon and pyramids of cannon balls at the ready sit along the shore line with small stockades for the troops behind.  Further cannon can be seen projecting out of the circular castellated fort with a Union Jack flying above.


The ship has its sails unfurled and is under way at full steam with smoke billowing out of the smoke stake.  Beads have been used for the portholes, cannon and cannon balls.  A smaller Royal Navy vessel is sailing alongside.


Across the estuary is a lighthouse on a spit of land and behind that can be seen another ship disappearing in full sail.


The colour and composition of the sailor’s wool is wonderful.  The light baby-blue which was used for the sky in most woolies and which is rather fugitive can all be seen here in different shades.


Dimensions:  35 inches x 27 inches