Painting, Gulf of Persia

The painting shows six large ships docked in a bay in the Persian Gulf. In the background are seen a palm tree beach and mountainous terrain. To the right, smoke is emerging from a fortress. Two manned long boats are also present. This painting is believed to depict a combined British land and sea force capturing and destroying the pirate stronghold Iswasnee in the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1810. Thomas L. Hornbrook (1780-1850) was born in Plymouth, England. Hornbrook specialized in scenes depicting British trading vessels. He became the official marine painter for both the Dutchess of Kent and Queen Victoria. His signature appears on a piece of wood floating in the foreground of his paintings. He possibly visited the East Indies between 1806 and 1810.
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting, oil
date made
19th century
Hornbrook, Thomas L.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
without frame: 12 in x 18 in; 30.48 cm x 45.72 cm
with frame: 14 3/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 37.465 cm x 52.07 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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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