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Painting: Wreck of H.M.S. ORPHEUS On Manukau Bar New Zealand Feb'y 1863.; Richard Beechey; L1995.59

Object number

L1995.59

Name/Title

Painting: Wreck of H.M.S. ORPHEUS On Manukau Bar New Zealand Feb'y 1863.

Object Type

Art

About this Object

oil 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.

Place Made

England

Medium and Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

Height (mm): 770mm (2 1/2ft) Width: 1110mm (3 5/8ft)

Subject Keywords

Navy, Manukau Harbour

Collection

P A Edmiston Trust

Credit Line

On loan from Edmiston Trust

Copyright Licence

All rights reserved