Marine Masterpiece by Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821)
In 2014, in association with Corfield Morris Fine Art Advisers, I negotiated the sale by private treaty of an important painting by renowned 18th century marine artist Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821). This large work (canvas size approx: 40” x 60” / 1016mm x 1525mm) was entitled: HIS MAJESTYS Ships S.t Fiorenzo Capt Sir H. Neale Bart & the Amelia, the Honb Capt Herbert. Engaging three French Frigates & a Gun vessel ; Close in with Belleisle Road – April 9th 1799. The painting had remained with the family of Captain Neale since commission so was a wonderful re-discovery and dramatic example of Pocock’s work. Two preparatory drawings by the artist of the work are in the collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.