Attributed to Joseph (Giuseppe) Schranz (Maltese, 1803-circa 1867) An English frigate arriving in the Tagus off the Belem Tower; An English frigate hove-to off the southern bank of the Tagus
Lot 31
Attributed to Joseph
(Giuseppe) Schranz (Maltese, 1803-circa 1867)
An English frigate arriving in the Tagus off the Belem Tower; An English frigate hove-to off the southern bank of the Tagus
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 42,020) inc. premium
Lot Details
Attributed to Joseph (Giuseppe) Schranz (Maltese, 1803-circa 1867)
An English frigate arriving in the Tagus off the Belem Tower; An English frigate hove-to off the southern bank of the Tagus
a pair
oil on canvas, each
40.7 x 76.3cm (16 x 30 1/16in).
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Footnotes

  • The present lot depicts the mouth of the River Tagus and, in particular, the historic Belem Tower. Resembling a fortress and indeed often referred to as 'Belem Castle', this picturesque landmark more commonly known as the Belem Tower was actually built as a fortified lighthouse and formed the apex of a triangle of three structures intended to guard the approaches to Lisbon. Begun by order of King Manuel I (1515-20) during the first year of his reign and completed in 1521, the tower originally stood on an island in the middle of the Tagus until the course of the river was diverted by an earthquake in 1777, resiting it to its present location adjacent to the northern bank. Designed by Diego and Francisco Arruda in the Manueline style, it is, in fact, Portugal's only pure Manueline building. The tower is decorated with elaborate symbols of national as well as royal power including armillary spheres (King Manuel's badge of honour), crosses of the Military Order of Christ and even some naturalistic elements such as a rhinoceros, the first such representation in stone known in Europe. Subsequently used as a prison and later still a telegraph station, occupying French troops destroyed the upper two stories in 1807 and even though these were later reconstructed, this romantic tower has been beloved by artists of all nationalities for several centuries.
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