Wed, 29th Apr 2009 12:00

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

 
  Lot 19
 

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SIR GEORGE ROSE SARTORIUS, R.N. (BRITISH...

SIR GEORGE ROSE SARTORIUS, R.N. (BRITISH 1790-1885)
Shipping off the Belam Tower, Portugal
Signed 'G R Sartorius' (lower right) and inscribed 'Belam Castle Tagus' (left middle)
Watercolour
6 x 9in. (15 x 23cm.) Framed
George Rose Sartorius enjoyed a long and interesting naval career, joining at the age of eleven, and was Admiral of the Fleet when he died. At the time this picture was painted, he was probably serving as a temporary Admiral to the Portuguese Fleet having been brought in to keep order during a politically difficult time. Often spending his own money to keep mutinous men quiet, the Portuguese authorities attempted to arrest him when he threatened to remove the fleet as security. However, he arrested the arresting officers and negotiated his departure which was achieved without remorse in 1833, his successor, Captain Charles Napier, wisely refusing to budge until payment funds were proven forthcoming.

Sold for £3,720
Estimated at £3,000 - £5,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
SIR GEORGE ROSE SARTORIUS, R.N. (BRITISH 1790-1885)
Shipping off the Belam Tower, Portugal
Signed 'G R Sartorius' (lower right) and inscribed 'Belam Castle Tagus' (left middle)
Watercolour
6 x 9in. (15 x 23cm.) Framed
George Rose Sartorius enjoyed a long and interesting naval career, joining at the age of eleven, and was Admiral of the Fleet when he died. At the time this picture was painted, he was probably serving as a temporary Admiral to the Portuguese Fleet having been brought in to keep order during a politically difficult time. Often spending his own money to keep mutinous men quiet, the Portuguese authorities attempted to arrest him when he threatened to remove the fleet as security. However, he arrested the arresting officers and negotiated his departure which was achieved without remorse in 1833, his successor, Captain Charles Napier, wisely refusing to budge until payment funds were proven forthcoming.