Robert Salmon (Anglo/American, 1775-1858)
Harbor View with British Vessels
Oil on canvas, 15 x 25 in. (38.1 x 63.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Small puncture c.l., patch reinforcement, retouch, varnish inconsistencies, minor scattered losses, stretcher marks, surface grime.
Provenance: Through a private collection, Ireland; Skinner, American & European Paintings, November 17, 2006, Sale 2340, Lot 139, to the current owner.
N.B. Salmon was born in Whitehaven, but little is known about him before his move to Liverpool in 1806. It has been surmised that given his knowledge of sailing and rigging, Salmon may have spent some of his early years at sea. Although a number of paintings, all showing Salmon's mature style, predate the 1806 move, it was at this time that the artist began the formal inventory of his paintings.
Most of the English harbor views were completed before Salmon moved to America in 1828 - Salmon was driven to painting truthfully and without embellishment from life - although there are several English views from the 1840s.
The repairs are 4 quarter-sized or slightly larger punctures to the sky, two near the upper edge; two near the horizon. There are additional strokes of retouch scattered throughout. The loses are minor . The painting needs cleaning.
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