Painting, Cape Comorin

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.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1840
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
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Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Cigna Maritime Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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