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  • Title
    Item 02: [Portrait of Il Netunno, later Marquis Cornwallis, under sail / oil painting by] F.B. Solvyns, 1793
  • Call number
    ML 1353
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 2, East Wall, no. 147
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - image 39.9 x 61.2 cm., in frame 47.5 x 68.5 cm. - oil on panel
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Michael Hogan purchased this three-masted, square-rigged ship with three decks, weighing 654 tons, length 104 feet, breadth 34 feet, in 1791 from Gillett, Lambert & Ross while under construction. It was initially registered as "Il Netunno", trading between India and Europe, under Genoese colours to avoid the East India Company monopoly.
    In Calcutta in 1793 Hogan commissioned the Flemish artist Francois Balthazar Solvyns to paint the Netunno. Two versions were painted, one under sail (ML 1353) and the other at anchor (Private Collection). Marine painter, Solvyns was born in Antwerp, he lived in Calcutta from 1791 to 1803 and during this time produced a collection of etchings depicting the manners, customs and dresses of the Hindus with accompanying descriptive text.
    In 1794 Hogan registered the ship "Marquis Cornwallis" under the British flag and in 1795 transported Irish convicts to New South Wales for the British Government.
    Reference: A portrait of the Hindus : Balthazar Solvyns & the European image of India, 1760-1824 / Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr. New York Oxford : Oxford University Press in association with Mapin, 2004.

    Another variant name for this ship is possibly Nettuno
    Digital order no:a928112
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    FB Solvyns 1793 signed at lower right. [appears to be FB in monogram]
  • Conservation note

    Framed May 2005
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