The sailing ship Robin Hood signed and dated 'S.WALTERS 1857' (lower left) oil on canvas 82.5 x 128.5cm (32 1/2 x 50 9/16in).
LITERATURE : A.S. Davidson, Samuel Walters - Marine Artist, Coventry, 1992, p. 155 for another version of this picture illustrated in black and white (collection Merseyside Maritime Museums)
'The British ship Robin Hood (1856-64) passing her consort Friar Tuck (1857) at sea in heavy weather. Portrayed closehauled with reefed topsails, Robin Hood is seen from the less usual windward view, with the tack of the main course temporarily clewed up. Friar Tuck runs before the wind under a fine spread of canvas, just having let fly her fore tapgallant sheets; probably observing an oldfashioned form of salutation. Both vessels were built on clipper lines, by Hall of Aberdeen and display the James Beazley house flag of Liverpool. Consistently fast, Robin Hood on one occasion covered 364 nautical miles in 24 hours'.
We are grateful to Dr. Sam Davidson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.