BRIERLY, After Sir Oswald Walters (1817-1894)
H.M. Brig Pilot. To the Commander and Officers of H.M. Brig Pilot This Print is respectfully dedicated
London & Plymouth: Edmund Fry & Son, Edmund Fry Junr. [circa 1860]. Tinted lithograph, coloured by hand, after Brierly, printed by Day & Haghe. Sheet size: 14 7/8 x 22 5/16 inches (approx). Framed.
A fine ship portrait of the brig Pilot, by one of the most successful marine painters of the latter part of the 19th century.
Sir Oswald Brierly, after an adventurous early life when he emigrated to New South Wales and took part in a number of exploring expeditions, returned to Britain in 1851. He recorded the French and English fleets' operations in the Baltic during the war with Russia, and developed a close artistic association with the British Royal family. Upon the death of Schetky in 1874 he was appointed marine painter to Queen Victoria, and at the same time was made marine painter to the Royal Yacht Squadron. He was eventually knighted in 1885.