Painting, Owen Potter

Description
Owen Potter was built by Jonathan Fell, in Workington, county of Cumberland (now Cumbria) in 1850. The ship was purchased by Potter Brothers & Co. It measured 148.8 feet and 780 tons. The Owen Potter was built for trade in the Far East and frequently traveled to Calcutta. The ship went missing in 1857.
The painting is a portside and rear ¾ view of the ship. The ship's location in the painting is the North West Lightship, Liverpool Bay. In the central port profile the pilot jack is in the process of being hoisted to the fore masthead. The houseflag is depicted as a black horse on white ground, which confirms the ship owners as Potter Brothers & Co. Joseph Heard was born in 1799 in Whitehaven, Cumberland. Following a brief stay in London, Heard moved to Liverpool sometime after the mid 1820's. He shared a studio with his brother who painted portraits. Heard became extremely popular second only to Samuel Walters. Joseph died in 1859.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting
painting, oil
date made
1850
maker
Heard, Joseph
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
Measurements
without frame: 25 in x 35 in; 63.5 cm x 88.9 cm
with frame: 30 1/2 in x 39 3/4 in; 77.47 cm x 100.965 cm
ID Number
2005.0279.024
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.024
subject
Maritime
Transportation
Art
Cigna Maritime Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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