January 26, 2019 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Miles Walters

(British, 1774–1849)

The [Princess Charlotte] in Two Positions Inbound to Liverpool off the South Stack Lighthouse and the Holyhead Signal Station, circa 1830, signed lower right "Walters", oil on canvas, 24 x 38 in.; gilt wood and composition frame, 28-1/4 x 42-1/8 in.


The [Princess Charlotte] was built by Thomas and John Brocklebank in 1815. According to the National Museums Liverpool Maritime Archives and Library, "Brocklebank is one of the oldest firms in the world of merchant shipping, dating back to 1801 when the two sons of the founder of the business took control following their father's death. The founder was Captain Daniel Brocklebank, a master mariner and shipbuilder, whose shipbuilding enterprise was first established at Sheepscutt near Portland, Maine, in 1770. Brocklebank was a Loyalist and when the Revolution took place in 1775 he sailed back to Whitehaven in his own ship, Castor. Captain Daniel Brocklebank restarted his shipbuilding business at Whitehaven in 1785. By 1795 his fleet consisted of eleven vessels totaling 1,750 tons. In 1801, Daniel Brocklebank died and the firm became Thomas and John Brocklebank, later shortened to Thos. and Jno. Brocklebank. The firm suffered somewhat in the Napoleonic Wars but by 1809 it was sending ships as far as South America. By 1816 the fleet totalled seventeen ships. In 1815, the new ship Princess Charlotte's maiden voyage to Calcutta was a successful venture following the end of the East India Company's monopoly. Her return freight was estimated to realize more than £10,000 in profits for her owners and other merchants. This trade was eventually to eclipse Brocklebank's South American and China trades." Miles Walters was the father of marine artist Samuel Walters (1811-1882). They occasionally collaborated with a signature that would often read "Walters & Son".

Provenance:Private Florida Collection


lined with paste and linen, crackle with some embedded dirt, retouch at repairs with most in sky, stretcher marks, small point of flaking at left edge, abrasions at edges; frame with losses and resurfacing

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
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