ALAN RYALL MARINE ART

 

 

"Set a Thief to Catch a Thief"

Original:  Oil on canvas, 30" x 36"  (collection of the artist)
Giclee print:  25" x 30" image on 350# Arches paper

Dos Amigos was a Baltimore-style topsail schooner that started life as a slaver, was captured by the British Navy in 1830, bought into the Navy as Fair Rosamond (the mistress of Henry II) and then employed for several years in the fight against the slave trade.  This trompe-l’oeil (“fool the eye”) painting shows some of the materials collected by the artist for an author-illustrated book on the history of the ship -- lines taken off by the British Navy in 1832, title page from a memoir written by Sir Henry Huntley, one of the lieutenants who served as her skipper, painting of an action in which a slaver was captured by such a schooner, layout of the slave deck, and a model being built to help with paintings and drawings for the book.  This painting has won a number of local awards and was in the 12th National ASMA Exhibition, as well as the August 2001 American Artist Magazine article on that show.  In 2003 it won the “People’s Choice” award in the 10th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.

 

 

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