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Johann Schranz

(1794 -  1882 )
SCHRANZ Johann Vue Generale Du Bosphore De Constantinople A Roumeli-hissari [de Roumeli-hissari A La Mer Noire]

Bloomsbury London
Oct 20, 2005
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Schranz Giovanni

 

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Johann Schranz - English Man-o-war In The Harbour Of Valletta

Johann Schranz - English Man-o-war In The Harbour Of Valletta

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Lot number: 35
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Description: Giovanni Schranz Port Mahon/Menorca 1794 - Malta 1882 English Man-o-War in the Harbour of Valletta Oil/canvas, 43 x 63 cm, lo. le. sign. G. J. Schranz, min. rest., relined. Provenance: Christie's; private collection Kiel; thence by descent in private collection Hamburg. Reffin12418 Literature: Bénézit. Notes: Marine painter of German origin from a family of artists. Like his father Anton he specialized in views of harbours of the Balearic islands, and most of all, Malta. In 1876 he exhibited at the Paris World's Fair.
Johann Schranz - H.m.s.  
Portland 
 In The Harbour Of Malta

Johann Schranz - H.m.s. Portland In The Harbour Of Malta

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Lot number: 152
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Giovanni Schranz (Port Mahon 1794-1882 Malta)
H.M.S.
Portland
in the harbour of Malta, 1839
inscribed 'H.M.S. Portland under the command/of Captain D. Price inthe/Harbour of Malta 1839' (on a label attached to thestretcher)
oil on canvas
13½ x 19½ in. (34.3 x 49.5 cm.)
A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 May 1972, lot26.
H.M.S. Portland, originally to be called Kingston but renamedwhen laid down, was one of the seven 'Java' class of prototype24pdr. 50-gun frigates ordered in 1813 in response to the RoyalNavy's controversial losses at the start of the Anglo-American 'Warof 1812' the previous year. Built at Plymouth under the direction of Master Shipwright EdwardChurchill, Portland's keel was laid in August 1817 and she waslaunched by Lady Cochrane, the wife of the C. in C. at Plymouth,Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, on 8th May 1822; due to the lack ofpost-Napoleonic Wars' employment however, she was laid up for thefirst twelve years of her life despite the Admiralty having spent£51,025 to build her and a further £12,006 to fit her out for sea.Measured at 1,476 tons and 173 feet long with a 44 foot beam, sheoriginally mounted a main armament of 36-24pdrs. although this wasreduced significantly in 1823 soon after she was launched. First commissioned in May 1834 under the command of Captain DavidPrice, Portland was sent out to join the Mediterranean Fleet basedat Malta from where, in February 1837, she was chosen to take KingOtto of Greece home to Athens after a visit. Back in Plymouth by1840, Portland was laid up 'In Ordinary' until 1850 when she wasrefitted and sent to the Pacific flying the flag of Rear-AdmiralFairfax Moresby. During her four-year term there, she became thefirst British flagship to visit Vancouver (27th June 1851) but whenshe returned home in 1854, she was laid up for the last time andsold for breaking in 1862.
Johann Schranz - A View Of Grand Harbour

Johann Schranz - A View Of Grand Harbour

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Lot number: 48
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Giovanni Schranz (Spanish/Maltese, 1794-1882)

A view of Grand Harbour, Valetta, from Corradino, with the British
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t
Rate
Howe
lying at anchor off
Senglea and a paddle steamer, possibly the P. & O. Line's

Indus
, preparing to sail from her mooring below the
town

inscribed 'N M Condy' (on the hull of the dghajses, lower
centre)

oil on canvas

22 1/8 x 31 7/8 in. (56.2 x 81 cm.)

See front cover illustration (detail)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 June 1966, lot 136.

Gerald Burdon, by whom bequeathed to the present owner.
Lot Notes
This is one of a well-established series of views Giovanni
Schranz painted from this particular location, Corradino, over a
number of years, and it is interesting to note the topographical
accuracy of the scene. The painting successfully shows an authentic
portrayal of Grand Harbour looking towards Valetta and, across the
harbour entrance, an equally faithful rendering of Isola Point and
Senglea; to the far right, the outbuildings of the farmhouse which
stood below Spencer's Monument frames the right edge whilst in the
foreground are various dghajses. The one to the left is a fishing
vessel with nets and pots, whilst the three to the right are
water-taxis with their attendant dghajsamen (barklori). A fore and
aft twin-funnelled steam paddleship, still fitted with sailing
masts, of the English merchant marine, appears to be preparing to
leave its mooring while below the ramparts of Senglea, a Royal Navy
Second Rate 91-gun ship-of-the-line is moored. Adjacent to the
farmhouse outbuildings a large First Rate ship-of-the-line is also
shown at anchor and both vessels fly the Red Ensign as used by the
Royal Navy until 1864.

The 120-gun H.M.S.

Howe
was built at Chatham and launched in
March 1815, just too late to participate in the French Wars. After
a long career in which she acted as flagship to various fleets on
numerous occasions, she was sent to the Mediterranean and was based
at Valetta from June 1848 - July 1850.

The P. & O. steamer

Indus
was built at Blackwall,
launched in January 1847 and ran on the company's Southampton -
Alexandria via Valetta service until lengthened and extensively
altered in 1852. As one of the few 2-masted, 2-funnelled paddlers
in the P. & O. fleet, it seems possible that she is the steam
vessel portrayed in this work.

The dating for this painting can be narrowed down considerably. The
portrayal of the farm outbuildings, with their collection of planks
and the barrel within the arches, closely mirrors the very same
scene as shown in the National Maritime Museum's painting (for
which see the Concise Catalogue of Oil Paintings in the National
Maritime Museum, p. 346, BHC 3411) by Giovanni of H.M.S

Howe

visiting Malta on a 'private commission', i.e. independent of a
squadron, from 1848-50. The N.M.M. has dated its painting to circa
1848, although there is no evidence for this precision. Moreover,
the work offered here must pre-date the N.M.M.'s example since the
Corradino shoreline consists of bare earth whereas the same ground
is paved in the museum's view. The other useful dating factor is
the portrayal at Valetta of the Sultan's Belvedere and Garden. If
one looks at the fishing vessel immediately above its nets, one can
see a cylindrical protrusion from the lower Valetta ramparts which
is the Belvedere. This beautiful building, erected by a former
Grand Master of the Knights of the Order of St John, was demolished
by the British during 1853 to enable the construction of the
defensive Lascaris Battery, the fortification of which was
completed in 1854.

One curious anomaly has been noted in this painting, namely the
fishing vessel in the foreground to the left bears the name on it -
in black - N M Condy. Nicholas Matthew Condy - also known as
Nicholas Condy (the Younger) - was a well-established marine artist
in England. Born in Union Street, Plymouth, in 1816, son of another
well-established artist Nicholas Condy (the Elder), he took up
painting and became a prolific and much admired artist of ships
around his native Devon. He is not recorded as ever having gone
abroad but he did produce a series of paintings, some based on the
Bonny River, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, home to a notorious fleet of
slave-running ships, some from Portugal, others from Spain. These
ships were hunted down by vessels of the Royal Navy - and
individual successes were painted by N. M. Condy, no doubt with
descriptions supplied by the Royal Navy officers. He also painted a
series of ship portraits of Royal Navy ships-of-the-line stationed
at Plymouth. He was immensely popular but suffered a totally
unexpected and premature death at the age of 34 on 20th May 1851.
As far as is known, Schranz never met the younger Condy although
the two men certainly had one thing in common - they were both held
in much esteem as artists by the Admirals, Commodores and Captains
of the Royal Navy who commissioned portraits of 'their' ships when
they were serving in either the Channel Fleet at Plymouth or the
Mediterranean Fleet at Valetta. Many of these officers were shocked
at Condy's premature death in 1851 and this poses an intriguing
question. Might not one of the officers of one of the two
ships-of-the-line portrayed in Giovanni's painting have requested
N.M. Condy's name in black to be incorporated into the painting as
a 'homage' to the dead artist?

Christie's are very grateful to Ian Bouskill, Member of the
Association of Art Historians, for his pertinent commentary on the
painting offered here, much of which is reproduced above.
Johann Schranz - Hms Leander At Anchor In Dockyard Creek, Valetta Harbour, Aman-of-war Being Fitted Out Beyond

Johann Schranz - Hms Leander At Anchor In Dockyard Creek, Valetta Harbour, Aman-of-war Being Fitted Out Beyond

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Lot number: 27
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Description:
43.5 by 65cm., 17 by 25½in.
oil on canvas
PROVENANCE
Commissioned by Admiral Sir George St. Vincent Duckworth King4th Baronet (1809-1891)By descent to the present owners

CATALOGUE NOTE
The following two lots, commissioned by Admiral Sir George St.Vincent Duckworth King, record two of his most important commands,HMS Leander and HMS Rodney, in Valetta Harbour, Malta. Giovanni,arguably the finest of the Schranz family of artists, records thetwo scenes with a meticulous attention to detail, juxtaposing themajesty of a man-of-war with the day to day mercantile activitiesof the Maltese. Lot 27 shows Leander facing the ancient locality ofVittoriosa while lot 28 depicts Rodney facing the entrance to theGrand Harbour, flanked by the Fort St. Angelo to the right, and St.Barbara Bastion on the left. It is possible the vessel lying toRodney's starboard is the wood screw sloop HMS Niger, which waslaunched in 1846 and arrived in Valetta in April 1853.Admiral Sir George St Vincent Duckworth King, 4th Bt., (1809-1891)was the second son from the first marriage of his father, SirRichard King 2nd Bt. (1774-1834). The family already had adistinguished naval record; Sir George's grandfather, Sir RichardKing 1st Bt. (1730-1806), displayed extreme valour in the actionoff Sadras on 17th February 1782, receiving a Knighthood on hisreturn to England. Sir George's father entered the Navy in 1788 onboard HMS Crown commanded by Commodore Cornwallis. He was laterCaptain of the 74-gun Achille, seventh in line of AdmiralCollingwood's column, at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October1805.Sir George was born at Stonehouse in Devon on 15th July 1809 andentered the Royal Naval college at Portsmouth in February 1822. Hewas promoted to commander in 1834 and Captain in 1841 beforemarrying Lady Caroline Mary Dawson-Damer, sister of the third EarlPortarlington, in 1847.He took command of the 50-gun fourth rate Leander in September1853. According the ships log she was secured to a buoy in DockyardCreek on two occasions from 25th to 28th October 1853 and from 6thto 14th March 1854. Between September 1854 and September 1855 SirGeorge was second-in-command of the naval brigade at the Siege ofSevastopol, one of the most important chapters in the Crimean War.During the siege, in December 1854, he transferred his flag to the92-gun, second rate HMS Rodney which docked in Malta betweenOctober and December 1855.
Johann Schranz - Vue Generale Du Bosphore De Constantinople A Roumeli-hissari [de Roumeli-hissari A La Mer Noire]

Johann Schranz - Vue Generale Du Bosphore De Constantinople A Roumeli-hissari [de Roumeli-hissari A La Mer Noire]

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Lot number: 417A
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2 folding tinted lithopgraph panoramic views by sabatier and schranz after j.schranz, printed by frick freres, some tears to folds, the second panorama with one section detached, with 5 tinted lithograph views and 2 hand-coloured lithograph costume plates (with 4 images), some marginal soiling, the 2 panoramas together in original roan-backed gilt-stamped cloth (titled "le bosphore" on upper cover), other plates loosely inserted, [cf atabey 1105-1108], oblong folio, paris, [c.1855]
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