Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

  Lot 18


GEORGE MEARS (BRITISH, 1865-1910)<br/>The London...

Sold for £682
Estimated at £400 - £600

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)

Condition report
Fine craquelure overall within stretcher margins; rubbed along left margin; appears in original condition and not re-lined, unusually for an oil it is glazed and has not been removed from the frame which is probably original.

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The London Brighton & South Coast Railway Co. channel ferry 'Prince Arthur'
Signed and dated 'G. Mears '96' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
11½ x 23in. (29 x 58.5cm.)

Built by Denny Bros. of Dumbarton for the London Brighton and South Coast Railway Co., she was ordered in October 1895 and delivered in July 1896 for a total cost of £20,296. A handsome vessel with raked twin pole masts, she registered 705 tons and her two triple expansion engines gave her a very satisfactory service speed just shy of 16 knots. She was transferred to the South Eastern and Chatham Railway in 1901, renamed Deal, and served a further twenty-five years before being sold to Youngs of Sunderland for breaking in 1926.