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Antique Painting Large by James Webb Fishing Smack in Rough Seas 1866

Antique Painting Large by James Webb Fishing Smack in Rough Seas 1866 Sold

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This is a beautiful large and highly decorative antique oil on canvas painting by James Webb (British, 1825-1895)  signed and dated 1866.

The marine view features the dramatic scene of fishing boats smacking against 
large waves in rough seas of the dutch coast.

The artist has captured this dramatic entrance with this superb painting. Housed in its original richly carved giltwood frame.


The Royal Academy 
British Institute 

Museums, Gallerys and Auctions:

Victoria and Albert Museum
Tate Gallery

Christies auction  Sale 1023530 October 2014, London Topographical Pictures
Price realised GBP 40,000


Bonham's London, New Bond Street Victorian Paintings, Watercolours & Drawings
Lot 52 A view of Margate from the Pier 66.5 x 102 cm. (26 1/2 x 40 in.)
Sold for £21,600 inc. premium



In excellent condition the painting and frame having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 107 x Width 167 x Depth 7 - Frame

Height 90 x Width 150 - Canvas

Dimensions in inches:

Height 3 feet, 6 inches x Width 5 feet, 6 inches x Depth 3 inches - Frame

Height 2 feet, 11 inches x Width 4 feet, 11 inches - Canvas

James Webb (1825 - 1895)

The English artist James Webb was born in 1825. He is believed to be a member of the Webb family of painters that also worked out of London and specialized in landscape and coastal paintings. His father is believed to Archibald Webb and Byron Webb his brother. Landscape painting seems to have been Webb’s forte, and his success in landscape lent an easy transition to marine painting. Working in the British marine style, his coastal paintings are either dramatic and forboding, or depict boats and life on a river. Webb worked in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Holland and the Rhine.

Webb exhibited mostly in London, especially at the Royal Academy starting in 1853 through 1888. He also exhibited at the British Institution, the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Watercolour Society and Suffolk Street.

His paintings are characterized by a “robust, naturalistic”2 style and by a light color palette with a strong sense of drawing. His coloring is believed to have been influenced by the great British marine painters Turner and Constable. His treatment of color and attention to the effects of light create a strong atmosphere in his work. 

A number of Webb’s pieces were sold at Christie’s through March, June and July 1868. Currently much of Webb’s work is featured in the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in provincial galleries.

He died in 1895.

Sales of his remaining works and his own collection were held at Christie’s on 03 March, 13 June and 13 July 1868.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 08550