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Barque Woolsington by Nicola Funno

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Artist: Nicola Funno

The Barque Woolsington, depicted in the Bay of Naples by Nicola Funno (1840-1860) when under the command of R.C. Wilson in 1847. Onboard are shown both crew and the commander together with one or two passengers, perhaps Edmund Graham of Gateshead, the owner at the time this was painted.

Within a fine bird’s eye maple frame with a gilt slip.

o.s:37 inches x 28 inches

Nicola Funno, sometimes identifying as Fondo, was perhaps the best known Neapolitan painter of ship’s portraits. Working in gouache, this painting is typical of his output, the vessels usually shown from leeward entering Naples harbour. 

Woolsington was built at Jarrow shipyard by Robert Thompson, completed in 1834. By 1851 she is recorded as registered in London, having been sold by auction at ‘Lloyd’s Captains’ Room, Royal Exchange, on Thursday 20, 1851, at half-past two precisely’; the name of the new owner unknown. On this occasion the Woolsington, registered at 284 tons, is described as ‘essentially copper-fastened, and sheathed with yellow metal to light water mark; is said recently to have had nearly all new topsides and other repairs at Malta’. Recorded on several occasions in the London Morning Herald as carrying cargo such as Gum from Cadiz or Government stores to Gibraltar, 1852 & 1853. With thanks to Chris Coles for assistance with this entry.   



Item Code: 5147

£ 2600

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