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The Return of the "William Lee" - John Ward - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


The Return of the "William Lee" - John Ward - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

John Ward was an English painter from Kingston upon Hull. He has been described as "the leading marine artist and ship portrait painter in Hull during the first half of the 19th century".

John Ward was the son of a master mariner, Abraham Ward, also a painter. John Ward was influenced by the artist William Anderson copying some of them before establishing his own style.

Ward exhibited several paintings at the Hull and East Riding Institute for the Promotion of the Fine Arts. He subsequently produced small watercolour paintings and some larger oil paintings, of local maritime and shipping scenes.

The picture shows the return to Hull from Calcutta of the "William Lee". This was an extremely Important event in maritime history. The "William Lee" had been the lead ship of the Hull Whaling Fleet, but with the decline of the industry, her owner decided to send her to India with cargo. This showed that the voyage was successful and opened up the Indian Trade

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