Sea-draugr & Half-boat in Storm (2014)
Oil painting by Harry Matthews


  • Oil painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 24.02 × 24.02 × 1.18 in (framed) / 25.98 × 25.98 × 0.79 in (unframed)
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Harry Matthews

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

draugr in half-boat from netherland to bǿ nordland

I have called my version of Turner's master-painting
Draugr in half boat from Netherland to Bǿ Nordland
See: DRAUGR in Norse Mythology:

I am placing my own take on the painting by Turner that I drew subconscious inspiration from.

Oil board is framed (reverse frame) ready to hang

This is my version of Van Tromp Going About to Please His Masters - Ships a Sea Getting a Good Wetting, 1844 - Joseph Mallord William Turner.
VanTromp going about to please his Masters, Ships at Sea, getting a good Wetting - Vide Lives of the Dutch Painters (England, 1844). It depicts an episode in the life of the Dutch Admiral Maarten Harpertzoon Tromp (1597-1653), who performed the famous feat in 1652 of bringing 300 Dutch merchant ships up the Channel, through the Straits of Dover and the North Sea into Dutch waters. He had 80 Dutch warships escorting the convoy and swept the British opposition aside, defeating Admiral Blake’s fleet off Dungeness. He was said to have achieved all this with a broom tied to his flagship’s masthead to sweep the British from the seas. ‘His masters’ came to congratulate Tromp and his captains. The ‘masters’ in 1652 are not William of Orange but the interim government of the Burgher Regents under the leadership of the Grand Pensionary Jan de Witt. This Tromp is not to be confused with his son, Koornelis Van Tromp (1629-1691) who adopted the ‘Van’ into his name as a result of his father’s successes. It was he who was sacked by De Ruyter, reinstated by William II and had, also, a distinguished naval career. By the 18th century the British were calling them both Van Tromp. They had become legends by then and there was a popular song about Maarten Tromp’s broom:
‘Tie a broom to the mast’, he said
‘For a broom is a sign from me,
That wherever I go, the world may know,
I sweep the mighty sea’
Tromp is indeed about to be soaked by the waves splashing up against the yacht’s side.
contemporary reviewers mention Van Tromp
"We see here a boat carrying a full spread of canvas, going so many knots, and with certain indications of shipping at sea with her quarter, where we must suppose Van Tromp to be standing. We cannot admit accuracy here; he ought, for the sake of general probability, to have placed Van Tromp at the bow of his boat. Again, we would ask, as this event must have taken place in the North Sea, why does not the artist make a difference between Dutch and Venetian scenery, or at least the seas and skies of these widely-apart countries?"
"a picture of singular power and showing what the artist could do if he would confine his erratic genius within bounds."
"He is pre-eminent for the daring originality of his efforts; slight and extravagant as his works are, there is truth as well as power of art in his representation of natural phenomena, when viewed at a proper distance – say from the middle of the room. If not complete pictures, there are wonderful fine studies of composition, colour, and atmospheric effects; his seas are boiling surges, his clouds are floating masses of vapour; space and light are depicted, though form and substance are vague and flimsy."

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