Painting, Cape Comorin

Description
The brig Rappler was in the British East India Company's private navy. Piracy was a constant danger, so besides carrying marine insurance, some larger companies employed their own private navies to help ward off attack. Piemontaise was a French frigate that cruised the Indian Ocean from 1806 to 1808 and disrupted British trade. After taking several British ships during its time in the East Indies, it was captured on March 8, 1808 by the British ship San Fiorenzo and integrated into the Royal Navy. 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 pieces of wood floating in the foreground of his paintings. He possibly visited the East Indies between 1806 and 1810.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
painting
painting, oil
date made
ca 1840
maker
Hornbrook, Thomas L.
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
Measurements
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
2005.0279.058
accession number
2005.0279
catalog number
2005.0279.058
subject
Maritime
Art
Cigna Maritime Collection
Transportation
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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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