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The Naval Review Spithead 1853 - John Wilson Carmichael - Felix Rose - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


The Naval Review Spithead 1853 - John Wilson Carmichael - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

James Wilson Carmichael, also known as John Carmichael was an English marine painter.

He went to sea at an early age, and spent three years on board. After completing his apprenticeship, he devoted all his spare time to art, and eventually gave up the carpentry business, setting himself up as a drawing-master and miniature painter.

In 1855, during the Crimean War he was sent to the Baltic to make drawings for the Illustrated London News. His painting of the bombardment of Sveaborg, which he witnessed during this assignment, was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

His daughter Annie married William Luson Thomas a successful artist who, exasperated by the treatment of artists by The Illustrated London News, founded in 1869 The Graphic newspaper which had immense influence within the art world.

A fleet review is a traditional gathering of ships to be observed by the reigning monarch or his or her representative, a practice allegedly dating back to the 15th century. Such an event is not held at regular intervals and originally only occurred when the fleet was mobilised for war or for a show of strength to discourage potential enemies. Because of the need for a natural large, sheltered and deep anchorage, UK fleet reviews have usually been held in the Solent off Spithead,

11 August 1853, fleet mobilisation for Crimean War , including for the first time steam screw ships of the line.

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