Painting, Garrick

Painting, Garrick

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The Garrick was built by Brown & Bell of New York in 1836. It measured 157 feet 6 inches in length, 35 feet 4 inches in beam, 21 feet in depth of hold, and 895 tons. It was owned by Edward Collins, manager and part owner of the Dramatic Line. It served the company as a transatlantic packet for 17 years, followed by 3 years in the James Foster Jr. Line (1854 to 1857). Garrick was the fastest packet of its generation. Its average westbound passage was 32 days, with the longest taking 54 days and the shortest taking 18 days.
The painting shows Garrick preparing to pick up a Liverpool pilot boat (#12) off the Great Orme, North Wales. The Welsh Mountains can be seen in the distance. The ship is shown reducing sail, with an approaching pilot cutter converging on the opposite tack. The cathead suspends the anchor and shows it ready to be dropped. According to the British marine painting authority A.S. Davidson, this picture is typical of Sam Walters because of the four deck hands that can be seen at the bow, at ease. One has the brim of his hat turned down, looking comfortable. Davidson also confirmed that the date of the painting coincides with the date the particular cutter (no. 12) went into service. Although the Marryat Code flown by the vessel is ambiguous, the identity of the ship can be confirmed through the name-board at the bow and the appropriate full length figurehead.
Samuel Walters (1811-1882) was a British marine painter. He was the son of English shipwright, seaman, and marine painter, Miles Walters. Walters assisted his father with ship portraits. In the 1840s he set up his own studio in Bootle, England.
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Object Name
painting, oil
date made
Walters, Samuel
Physical Description
oil on canvas (overall material)
with frame: 40 in x 53 in; 101.6 cm x 134.62 cm
without frame: 29 in x 44 in; 73.66 cm x 111.76 cm
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accession number
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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
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