Name/TitlePainting: Wreck of H.M.S. ORPHEUS On Manukau Bar New Zealand Feb'y 1863.
About this Objectoil on canvas painted by English marine artist Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey, this painting depicts New Zealand's greatest sea tragedy which occurred on Feb. 7, 1863. Of the ships' complement of 259 officers and men, 189 lives were lost.
Commissioned by Thomas Stilwell a few months after the wreck occurred. The picture was painted from information from Mr Beer (the ships' carpenter), who supervised the painting process.
Medium and MaterialsOil on canvas
MeasurementsHeight (mm): 770mm (2 1/2ft)
Width: 1110mm (3 5/8ft)
CollectionP A Edmiston Trust
Credit LineOn loan from Edmiston Trust
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved