DR are the registration letters for Dover. I don't know what method of fishing they may have used, but some could be long lining, potting for crabs, gill netting or even sein netting between two boats. This work is attributed to Edward Duncan by others more knowledgeable that me.
Having said that, I have had one other work by Edward Duncan which was unsigned and every bit the equal if this in style and quality. I have included an image of what may be a signature on the back of the work. Edward Duncan worked mainly in watercolour, with a few mixed media which is used to mean watercolour and gouache. He also made some superbly detailed pencil sketches. Was apprenticed to Robert Havells (elder & younger) aquatint engravers of the Audubon's Birds of America.When he set up as an independent artist, he began by engraving coaching and marine prints which were published by businesses like Fores of Piccadilly. He did not sail himself. And was tutored in marine painting by William Huggins who was the official Court Artist to King William IV and King George IV. William Huggins was also patronised by Queen Victoria, as a result of which, Edward Duncan's work attracted the Queen's interest. He made engravings of Huggins' works and married Huggins' daughter Bethan 1835, a union which resulted in 6 sons and a daughter. One son, Walter also became a painter. No doubt it was the influence of the Havells and Huggins which led to his long and successful career as a marine artist. During his time, there was a fashion for using body-colour (watercolour mixed with Chinese white to make it opaque), but Duncan usually worked in the classic transparent style. His reputation was built on making some of the most detailed watercolours of his time. He also worked in oils and was skilled in lithography.
Duncan first exhibited his work in 1830. Information about his membership of the various societies and institutions of the day is a little contradictory and therefore confusing. I think he was admitted as a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1833 and the New Water Colour Society in 1834.I understand that he resigned from the NWS in 1847 and was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1847 and a full member in 1849. After researching more than 300 works by Edward Duncan. I have discovered that he travelled widely in Great Britain from The Isle of Wight to as far north as Skye and from Kent to Cornwall. In 1840 he went to the Netherlands and the Channel Islands in the 1850's and Italy in 1865. The Studio sale after his death was held at Christie's in March 1885.
His works can be seen at most of the major museums and art galleries, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Maritime Museum. Royal Society of British Artists. Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours. Edward Duncan is listed in the following publications.A Johnson and A Greutzener Dictionary of British Art Vol V British Artists 1880 - 1940 Antiques Collectors' Club. Mallalieu Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920 Antiques Collectors' Club.
Grant M Waters Dictionary of British Artists working 1900 - 1950 Eastbourne Fine Art. Pages 83 right & 84 left Christopher Wood The Dictionary of Victorian Painters Antique Collectors' Club. Whilst if the picture is framed, it is likely that the frame is not perfect but may be acceptable to you. I would suggest that this is an opportunity to have the picture re-mounted and framed to compliment the room in which you wish to hang it to optimise on its effect.Make the most of your art! PLEASE DO NOT PAY UNTIL YOU RECEIVE AN INVOICE FROM ME. I have done this in two categories, Large Letter 35.3 cm x 25 cm x 2.5cm - 750 g Parcel up to 90cm x 60cm x 60cm - 2 kg. I will always do whatever I can to help you to have the pictures you would like. That being said, I can't insure for damage to the glass or frame. Frame 333mm high x 408mm wide 13" high x 16" wide. There is what looks as if it may be an indistinct signature on the back Mounted behind a palelined mount. The painting appears to be in good condition. The frame is not included in this offer.
It appears to be in reasonable condition. I do my best to find out as much as I can about my paintings and the artists who made them. I also try to give you a little extra information about the subjects shown in my paintings. I believe that the information above is accurate.
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