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Creator John Thomas Serres, 1759–1825, British
Title View of Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with Shipping
Date ca. 1800
Medium Watercolor, pen and black ink, and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, beige wove paper
Dimensions Sheet: 9 3/8 x 26 1/4 inches (23.8 x 66.7 cm)
Signed in pen and black ink, lower right: "J.T. Serres"; not dated
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1975.3.194
Collection Prints and Drawings
Curatorial Comment Robert Cleveley (cat. 69) [B1975.4.1476] belonged to a family of marine painters. So too did John Thomas Serres. His father Dominic Serres, from a well off Gascon family, ran away to sea and arrived in England as Prisoner of war in the 1750s. After studying with the marine painter Charles Brooking, the elder Serres achieved considerable success in that line, becoming Marine Painter to George III in 1780. Unlike Robert Cleveley, John Thomas Serres has no practical experience of ships and the sea. But he was a pupil of his father and, on his father's death in 1793, succeeded him as Marine Painter to George III. In 1800 John Thomas Serres was also appointed Marine Draughtsman to the Admiralty. One of his duties was to provide detailed elevations of the coastlines of Britain, France, and Spain. His View of Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with Shipping may be related to the production of these official coastal views. The more modest but also more charming A Hoy and a Lugger with other Shipping on a Calm Sea depicts two of the types of small vessels that plied the coastal trade around England and Holland in the eighteenth century.
     -- Scott Wilcox, 2001-05
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Subject Terms boats | castle | crowd | island | marine art | sailboat | sea
Place Represented Castle Cornet | Channel Islands | Guernsey | Saint Peter Port | United Kingdom

Spreading Canvas : Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, p. 273, 276, cat. 137, ND 1373.G74 S67 2016 (YCBA)

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