Dear art lovers,
We hope you are all enjoying the summer and recharging your batteries with some balmy days in the great outdoors.
Our wonderful marine painter Terence Lee has spent much of this year in his studio producing his latest work ‘Ruse de Guerre’, an epic achievement that saw him spend 400 hours on its execution. It is possibly his most challenging work to date not only as the research was extensive but in the sheer number of vessels depicted. It was an incredibly challenging undertaking. It shows the moment of attack by the French on a contingent of East Indiamen in February 1804, en route from Canton in the Pearl river to England via India carrying a combined load of goods worth £8 million (£700 million in today’s money) so they were a rich bounty to the French. The story which is told in detailed artists notes is a fascinating one of British cunning, and ultimately French failure, had this encounter ended differently it could have bought down both the Honourable East Indiaman Company and Lloyds of London.
If you appreciate naval history and marine painting it is a must see.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.