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Shore scene with Shipping: PD.94-1992

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Current Location: In storage


Shore scene with Shipping


Painter: Holman, Francis




Probably the beach at Deal, Kent with shipping in the Downs beyond.


History note: Anonymous sale, 1968; Dr. D.M. McDonald

Legal notes

Bequeathed 1991, received 1992

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1992) by McDonald, D.M., Dr


Production date: AD 1778


'Holman showed 'A view of the Downs, from Deal beach' at the Society of Artists in 1768 (no.124). This is the same subject but dated 1778. His only other two exhibited Deal paintings were 'Ships of war coming to anchor in the Downs', also shown there in 1771, and 'A calm in the Downs', at the RA in 1775.' (information provided by Pieter van der Merwe via ArtUk Art Detective, 2023)

This has been identified as 'almost certainly a view from the beach at Deal, Kent out over the Downs - the major sailing ship anchorage between the east coast of Kent and the Goodwin Sands'. (information provided by Pieter van der Merwe via ArtUk Art Detective, 2014)

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Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas
Canvas Height 96.5 cm Width 127 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: F. Holman
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Oil
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1778
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Oil
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.94-1992
Primary reference Number: 3410
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 1 March 2024 Last processed: Friday 1 March 2024

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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