Huggins, W.J.

Ships of the General Steam Navigation Company, Off Rotterdam.

Ships of the General Steam Navigation Company, Off Rotterdam. The Giraffe of 500 tons arriving and the Ocean of 600 Tons leaving with Her Majesty's Mails.

DESCRIPTION: Hand-colored aquatint by William John Huggins from 1842 of the steamers Giraffe and Ocean in Rotterdam Harbor. In the foreground a small boat is shown ferrying passengers dressed in Dutch clothing of that era.

The steam side-wheelers Giraffe and Ocean were both launched in 1836 and operated as mail steamers for the General Steam Navigation Company (GSNC) . Not the Robert E. Lee ( ex Giraffe), a Civil War Confederate blockade runner built in 1862 with twin stacks.

The GSNC was founded in 1824 in Greenwich, England. For 150 years the firm was London's top short-sea shipping service with routes between the ports of Britain and north west Europe.

Attribution line below the print reads: "Painted by W.J. Huggins, marine painter to his late majesty William IV. London. Published by Mr. Huggins 105 Leadenhall Street. 1842. Engraved by E. Duncan."

CREATOR: Huggins, W.J.



BODY OF WATER: Rotterdam Harbor

CONDITION: Fair.  Age toning and some surface dirt. One repaired tear at upper left corner and one at the sea, not noticeable without magnification. Minor foxing. A few nicks to the sea area not detracting from the composition.

COLORING: Contemporary hand color.


SIZE: 23 " x 14 "


PRICE: $600


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