The ship 'John Bright'

A ship’s portrait of the three-masted ‘John Bright’ shown broadside-on with the Chinese coastline in the distance. Built in 1847, she was a tea clipper trading with China. There is a Chinese junk in the background.

The ship was named after the radical Quaker and celebrated orator John Bright. The years from 1850 to 1865 are regarded as the great age of the clipper ships. Clippers were square-rigged vessels with narrow, streamlined hulls which enabled them to travel at considerable speed. Fast ships were needed for premium freights, such as tea from China, because of the way such commodity markets operated.

Object Details

ID: BHC3313
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: British School, 19th century
Vessels: Elizabeth Nicholson; John Bright 1847
Date made: 19th century
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Measurements: Painting: 490 mm x 735 mm x 3 mm

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