A three-masted armed merchantman, possibly a privateer, heaving-to in the Mersey to take on a pilot signed and dated 'J. Jenkinson 1810' (lower right) oil on canvas 86.3 x 121.3cm (34 x 47 3/4in).
First seen publicly only relatively recently, this work by the Liverpool painter John Jenkinson is both an exciting discovery as well as a worthy addition to this rare artist's very limited oeuvre. Markedly similar to his portrait of the 26-gun privateer illustrated in A.S. Davidson's Marine Art & Liverpool, 1986, p.27b, this new work shows another well-armed merchantman heaving-to in the Mersey to take on her pilot, presumably the standing figure in the approaching dinghy. The Red Ensign flying from the ship's fore-stay is almost certainly the signal requesting the pilot and a crew member is shown amidships waiting to throw the dinghy a line to secure her. Also depicted in bow profile against a backdrop of the Wirral shoreline, near Rock Ferry, the second view of the vessel probably shows her on her new course as she heads across the Mersey into Liverpool docks.