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Two Ships Passing a Fortification

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A sailormade woolwork picture depicting two Royal Navy ships of the line passing a fortified headland.

Sailors woolworks are a well known art form from the hands of mariners adept with needle and thread. They needed to maintain their clothes and sails whilst at sea. With this skill, and often with time on their hands, they began to developed the art of making woolwork pictures, sewing wool to sailcloth, often depicting their ship at sea and sometimes recording farewells to love ones or an incidence at sea. Peculiar, although not exclusive to the British sailor, this pastime was to Jack Tar what scrimshaw had been to the whaler. 

English circa 1850. In a fine oak frame of the period.


w.25 in x h.18.75 in



Item Code: 519

£ 3450

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