Seascape from the 'Umberleigh'

An atmospheric sketch of the effects of sea and weather, seen from the deck of the 'Umberleigh'. The foreground of the painting concentrates on a trough between two waves from a perspective close to the water-line. The sky is dramatic and the slashes of purple conveyed through ferocious agitated brush strokes suggest rain. Above the dark foreboding sky the sun is just visible breaking through the cloud on the right, with blue sky above. The reflection of the light on the water in the trough running down the centre of the composition provides a powerful contrast with the dark waves on either side. Everett travelled on the 'Umberleigh' from Barry, Wales, to Vancouver, Canada, from December 1933 to March 1934. The voyage afforded plenty of opportunity to paint and he recorded that, four days out from Barry, they saw the sun every day until they reached the Panama Canal. He regarded these as excellent conditions for painting with plenty of opportunity for colour and effect. Everett was intent upon capturing the relationship and fleeting nature of light and the movement of waves in an ever-changing sea. However once they passed through the Canal the weather deteriorated the closer they got to Vancouver. Apart from the oil paintings undertaken on this voyage, Everett also produced 75 watercolour sketches of the Canal. The painting is inscribed 'Van London 338 oils Umberleigh Barry Vancouver' verso.

Object Details

ID: BHC0060
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Everett, (Herbert Barnard) John
Vessels: Umberleigh 1927
Date made: 1933-1934; 1933-34
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Bequeathed by the artist 1949.
Measurements: Painting: 255 x 355 mm

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