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Title

Emigrant Ship Leaving Belfast (1852)

Object Name

Painting

Maker

Wilson, James Glen 1827-1863 (Primary maker)
Wilson, James Glen 1827-1863 (artist)

Date Made

1852
1852

Description

This painting, by a young artist from County Down, shows a departing ship, probably bound for America, being towed down the Victoria Channel in Belfast harbour, towards the open sea. As a work of art the picture reveals Wilson’s mastery of natural elements like sea and sky and his eye for genre detail, such as the grief stricken families on the quayside, waving their loved ones off to far-away shores.

Materials

oil on canvas

Catalogue Number

BELUM.U178

Copyright

National Museums NI