A Man-o'-War in a Rough Sea
Peter Monamy (London 1681 - Westminster 1749)
In this painting by the marine artist, Peter Monamy, a large naval ship attempts to turn away from an oncoming storm. The light which shines across the ship from the massive storm clouds in the sky on the left fill the scene with a sense of the awesomeness of nature. Monamy's marine paintings depict real ships, but rarely record actual events. He often based his compositions on those of earlier artists.
Oil painting on canvas, A Man-o'-War in a Rough Sea by Peter Monamy (London 1681 - Westminster 1749), signed on the war-engulfed boat at the left: P. Monamy / pinxt . [The signature is not wholly convincing; it may have been overwritten.] A British Man-o-War and a wreck in a rough sea.
From the collection of Canon Theobald, father-in-law of the 9th Earl of Stamford; bequeathed to the National Trust with the house, estate and all the contents of Dunham Massey by Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford (1896 - 1976)
Marks and inscriptions
P Monamy Pinxt (signed)
Makers and roles
Peter Monamy (London 1681 - Westminster 1749), artist