Deck scene on the 'Iquique'

A painting along the deck of the 'Iquique' and showing the deck-house and mast on the right. The sails frame the image, creating a complex canopy over the painting and attached by taut ropes on the left. In fornt of the supersturture on the right, the deck is cluttered with coils of rope. A spare mast is shown lashed to the side on the left. Through the use of perspective, the artist has drawn attention to the empty wooden decking which takes the viewer from the foregound to the ship's boat in mid-view and the stern in the distance. The sole lone seated figure in a peaked cap looking slightly downwards emphasises the solitariness of life at sea. The painting is subtle in tone, powdery in texture and carefully composed.

Everett's first sea journey was in the sailing ship the 'Iquique', built in 1892. It went from London to Sydney via Cape Town, 17 May to October 1898, and Sydney to London, December 1898 to April 1899. Aged 21, Everett signed up on the ship as an ordinary seaman and after Cape Town a new crew was signed up and Everett became bosun. They averaged 300 miles a day and Everett worked hard at being a deep-water sailor. He also made his first shipboard drawings, some of which he later turned into etchings. He used the deck fittings with a conscious sense of composition and stylized rendition of waves. The 'Iquique' became the 'Celtic Glen' in 1907 and then the 'Riverford' in 1915, before being sold to a Canadian firm. She hit an iceberg in the South Atlantic in 1921 and became a storage hulk in Durban before being towed out to sea and sunk in 1927. It is thought that this painting was produced from sketches and photographs 30 years after the sea voyage took place.

Object Details

ID: BHC2449
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Everett, (Herbert Barnard) John
Vessels: Iquique (1892)
Date made: 1930s
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Bequeathed by the artist 1949.
Measurements: Painting: 247 x 323 x 2 mm

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