John Russell Chancellor (British, 1925-1984) 'Scandalised' - two Brixham 'mules' caught in a southerly gale

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Lot 89
John Russell Chancellor
(British, 1925-1984)
'Scandalised' - two Brixham 'mules' caught in a southerly gale

Sold for £ 25,200 (US$ 31,413) inc. premium
John Russell Chancellor (British, 1925-1984)
'Scandalised' - two Brixham 'mules' caught in a southerly gale
signed 'John Chancellor' (lower right)
oil on canvas
61 x 91.4cm (24 x 36in).

Footnotes

  • LITERATURE :
    Rita Chancellor & Austin Hawkins, John Chancellor’s Classic Maritime Paintings, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1st ed., 1989, pp. 42-43, illustrated.

    This dramatic composition depicts two Brixham ‘mules’ [a ‘mule’ was a large ketch worked by three crew] caught in a sudden southerly gale off the Scillies whilst fishing during the night and, in the morning light, making a run for shelter in Newlyn. Both vessels have “scandalised the foot of their main and mizzen” (masts) whereas the Fernleaf (just to the left of centre) has, in fact, taken in her mizzen sail altogether so as to ease the steering. “Scandalising” was seen by the crew as a simpler operation than pulling down the third reef and had a further advantage of reducing the risk of the sail being burst open by the sea.
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