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British Marine Oil Painting Sailing Ship East Indiaman Parramatta

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This Seascape marine oil painting of the tall sailing ship East Indiaman Parramatta is a timeless and beautiful representation of maritime history. The authentic vessel depicted is sure to bring a sense of wonder and adventure to any living space.

Title  “East Indiaman Parramatta”  by British artist James G Butler.

Subject depicting the known late 19th century tall sailing ship frigate named Parramatta. In side profile heading towards the right. Flying the union Jack red ensign on the stern. Sailing along the choppy open high seas. With many sailor figures on the tall stern mast taking down some of the sails as the high winds are picking up. You can see other sailors out on deck, lifeboats on the starboard side. You can view the rudder has lifted out of the water, rigging webbing ropes shown in fine detail. Above with a mix of blue and overcast grey sky.

Circa late 20th century 1970's dated 1977.

Signed bottom corner James G Butler.

Oil on board.

Frame is a rather good size being 68 cm wide and 52 cm high.

Having beautiful highly detailed perspective.

Parramatta was a sailing ship launched at Sunderland in 1866 that operated between Great Britain and Australia and America from 1866 to 1898. She was the second fastest Blackwall frigate. She originally carried wool from Australia to the United Kingdom. She foundered in 1898. Length 231 ft (70.4 m) Beam 38 ft 2 inches (11.6 m) Depth 22 ft 8 inches (6.9 m) sail full rigged ship and teak built.

Parramatta was launched in May 1866 for Devitt and Moore, in the United Kingdom. The ship was named after the Parramatta River near Sydney in Australia. The style of ship was known as a Blackwall frigate. These three-masted ships had been designed to supersede the British East Indiaman that carried goods from India to the United Kingdom. The clipper ships were actually used for carrying wool from Australia to the United Kingdom and passengers in both directions. Parramatta was the second fastest of this type after Tweed. 

Apart from a brief spell in 1873–4, Parramatta was under the command of Captain John Williams until she was sold to Norwegian owners. In 1887 the ship was sold to J. Simonsen, Mandal, Norway.

When Parramatta undertook its three-month journeys from London to Sydney it would issue a fortnightly amusing magazine to the passengers on board. Some of these were subsequently issued in book form after the journey. The magazine's name changed each time. The Parramatta Sun was issued on the outward journey to Sydney from London from 9 September 1879 to 8 December 1879 and a copy is available on-line. 

In 1890 Parramatta left England for Moscow. The ship travelled via Alexandria, Jerusalem, Cyprus, and Constantinople. Explorer and nurse Kate Marsden was on board visiting leper hospitals enroute to her trip to Siberia.

Fate on 12 January 1898 Parramatta sailed from Galveston, Texas, laden with pitch-pine, bound for King's Lynn in Norfolk. She was never heard of again.
1.     Lloyd's Register (1868), Seq. №79.
2.     Parramatta Sun, Library of NSW, retrieved 6 March 2014
3.     Parramatta,, retrieved 5 March 2014
4.     Tudgay, Frederick. "Painting, Wool Clipper Ship Parramatta". National Museum of American History. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
5.     Anderson, Monica (2006). Women and the politics of travel : 1870-1914. Madison, NJ [u.a.]: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press. p. 160. ISBN 0838640915.

Set in a traditional black painted wood frame. 

With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display. 

Provenance labels verso for Dolphin Galleries & Art shop & auction label.

Condition report. 

Offered in fine used condition. 

The front painting surface is in reasonable overall order with various foxing staining, scuffs in areas.

The frame having various signs of wear, repairs, scuffs, scratches, stains, dust, losses & overpainting in places commensurate with usage & age.

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Size of frame

High (52 cm) 
Width (68 cm) 
Length depth thickness of frame (2.5 cm)

Item Info

Seller Location

Chester, Cheshire

Item Dimensions

H: 52cm W: 68cm D: 2.5cm



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Chester, Cheshire

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)7494 763382