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.

Date Made: ca 1840

Maker: Hornbrook, Thomas L.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Maritime


See more items in: Work and Industry: Maritime, Cigna Maritime Collection, Transportation, Art


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Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0279.058Accession Number: 2005.0279Catalog Number: 2005.0279.058

Object Name: paintingpainting, oil

Physical Description: oil on canvas (overall material)Measurements: without frame: 12 in x 18 in; 30.48 cm x 45.72 cmwith frame: 14 3/4 in x 20 1/2 in; 37.465 cm x 52.07 cm


Record Id: nmah_1301982

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