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John Christian Schetky

United Kingdom (1778 -  1874 ) Wikipedia® : John Christian Schetky
SCHETKY John Christian Captain Richard Bowen's 38-gun Frigate Terpsichore Engaging The Mighty 136-gun Spanish 4-decker Santissima Trinidad

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Apr 18, 2018
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John Christian Schetky - Boats In A Harbour In Low Light

John Christian Schetky - Boats In A Harbour In Low Light

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Lot number: 941
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John Christian Clausen Dahl (1788 - 1857), oil on board - boats in a harbour in low light, signed and indistinctly inscribed verso - Jan Hufen Von Kobenhagen, 18cm x 19cm, framed CONDITION REPORT Bond slightly creased top left corner, some further slight deterioration to outer edges, small crease lower right corner. Bows slightly, slight losses to frame moulding
John Christian Schetky - Captain Richard Bowen's 38-gun Frigate Terpsichore Engaging The Mighty 136-gun Spanish 4-decker Santissima Trinidad

John Christian Schetky - Captain Richard Bowen's 38-gun Frigate Terpsichore Engaging The Mighty 136-gun Spanish 4-decker Santissima Trinidad

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John Christian Schetky (British, 1778-1874) Captain Richard Bowen's 38-gun frigate Terpsichore engaging the mighty 136-gun Spanish 4-decker Santissima Trinidad on 1st March 1797, two weeks after the battle of Cape St. Vincent signed and indistinctly dated 'J C Schetky 18..' (lower right) oil on canvas 63.5 x 91.5cm (25 x 36in). Footnotes Provenance With David Messum Fine Art, London. Private collection. After some early successes, notably the battle of the 'Glorious First of June' (1794), the war with Revolutionary France and her allies was not going well for Great Britain as 1796 drew to a close. A Franco-Spanish expedition to Ireland was being prepared and the large but undermanned Spanish fleet was ordered to join its French counterpart already making for Brest. The Spaniards, under Admiral de Cordova, put to sea from Cartagena with twenty-seven ships-of-the-line in company with twelve frigates only to find Admiral Sir John Jervis lying in wait for them off Cape St. Vincent. On 13th February Jervis was joined by Commodore Nelson's squadron and, the following day, he brought the enemy to action in what proved a landmark victory despite the numerical superiority of Cordova's fleet. Aided by Nelson's tactical brilliance at a crucial moment in the battle, Jervis decimated the Spanish fleet and forced the remnants to withdraw to Cadiz. Jervis's flagship H.M.S. Victory emerged triumphant from the action and it was also the first occasion on which Nelson distinguished himself as a commander. Quite early in the battle however, Nelson had noticed that Admiral de Cordova's flagship Santissima Trinidad, the largest wooden ship-of-war ever constructed, was bearing up in an attempt to deploy his windward division to better advantage. Nelson, in H.M.S. Captain, left his station in the line-of-battle and immediately gave chase, thereby setting in motion the chain of events which was destined to give him heroic status back in England. In the event, Nelson's attention was focussed on, firstly, the 112-gun San Josef and, secondly, the 80-gun San Nicholas, leaving other British vessels to deal with the Spanish flagship. Ship after ship engaged the enormous Santissima Trinidad and very nearly took her but for the intervention of Vice-Admiral Moreno, Cordova's second-in-command, who brought his leeward division to her defence. Although Santissima Trinidad ultimately escaped from the scene, she was nevertheless badly damaged and under tow. Once his own fleet and its prizes were safely anchored in Lagos Bay, Jervis sent frigates out to try and find the valuable Spanish four-decker and, after a cat-and-mouse chase lasting almost a fortnight, she was finally engaged by the 38-gun frigate Terpsichore for several hours during the evening of 1st March. Although she proved too large for him to take, Captain Bowen's action was both daring and dangerous, and he received the highest praise from various superior officers, not least Nelson and Jervis. Sadly, his promising career was cut short when he was killed during Nelson' ill-fated attempt to take Santa Cruz de Tenerife in July 1797.
John Christian Schetky - Hms Bellerophon Scudding Before A Gale

John Christian Schetky - Hms Bellerophon Scudding Before A Gale

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Lot number: 238
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Lot 238 Details JOHN CHRISTIAN SCHETKY (SCOTTISH 1778 - 1874), HMS BELLEROPHON SCUDDING BEFORE A GALE watercolour on paper, signed lower left, dated 1865 and inscribed ''Painter in Ordinary to Her Majesty'' 33cm x 52.5cm Mounted, framed and under glass Exhibited: Paris Universal Exhibition, 1867. Label verso: Paris Universal Exhibition with title. Exhibitor shown as ''The Honourable A. Pennington, London''. Alan Pennington was a patron of several artists of the Victorian era. Note: Schetky was, indeed, appointed by Queen Victoria as her ''Marine Painter in Ordinary'', a title he also enjoyed under both George IV and William IV. HMS Bellerophon, of which this is a retrospective portrait, was an historically important ship of the line, having played a prominent part at Trafalgar, and like Victory, also lost her captain. Famously, she was the ship on which Napoleon signed his surrender in 1815. Numerous works in literature include her under her nickname, ''Billy Ruffian''.
John Christian Schetky - Launching Day

John Christian Schetky - Launching Day

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Lot number: 39
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John Christian Schetky (British, 1778-1874)

'Launching Day': a Royal Navy frigate ready for launching at Pembroke Dock

indistictly insribed in pencil (verso)

watercolour with traces of pencil

24.5 x 36cm (9 5/8 x 14 1/8in).

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The first ships built at Pembroke Dock for the Royal Navy were a pair of 20-gun frigates launched in 1816. Such was their success that more orders soon followed and many vessels, large and small, were subsequently built there throughout the whole of the nineteenth century. However, the absence of many of the usual ship-building facilities in this view suggests that this scene took place in the early years of the dockyard's existence.

We are grateful too Michael Naxton for his assistance with cataloguing this lot.
John Christian Schetky - Representation Of H.m.s. Shannon Commencing The Battle

John Christian Schetky - Representation Of H.m.s. Shannon Commencing The Battle

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Lot number: 404
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JOHN CHRISTIAN SCHETKY
(SCOTTISH, 1778-1874)
REPRESENTATION OF H.M.S. SHANNON COMMENCING THE BATTLE...
Engraving with hand-coloring: 15 x 17 1/2 in. (sight)
Framed; "To Captain Sir Philip Bowes Vere Broke Bar. and K.C.B. This representation of H.M.S. Shannon, commencing the Battle with the American Frigate Chesapeake on the 1st, June, 1813..."
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