Attributed to Ernest Poulson (British, fl. 1836-1865)
Nighttime Encounter with Smugglers off the Isle of Thanet
Unsigned, attributed and dated "E. Poulson/c. 1836" on a gummed label and with a label from T. Bromley & Son, Bolton, England, both affixed to the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 34 in. (60.5 x 86.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Trimmed of tacking edges and lined, retouch, craquelure, varnish discoloration.
N.B. This nocturnal scene shows an area off the coast between England and France that was a famous corridor for smugglers. A break in the clouds has exposed the smugglers' vessel to the English revenue cutter, who have fired a cannonball which the artist has shown mid-air. The English ship is shrouded in clouds of gunpowder smoke.
We would like to thank Charles Lanagan for his kind assistance in cataloging this lot.
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