Richard Beechey - Large seascape

Richard Beechey - Large seascape

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This captivating 19th century British marine painting with a very intense and dramatic color palette was painted by Richard Brydges Beechey, an Anglo-Irish painter and admiral in the Royal Navy. It is signed on the lower left and is a magnificent example of 19th century British marine paintings.

 

Born in 1808 in London, as the son of the famous artist Sir William Beechey RA, Richard entered the Navy in 1822 at the age of 14, where he had a highly successful career and in 1864 retired as a Captain before becoming a Vice-Admiral in 1879.  A highly gifted and accomplished painter of marine and coastal subjects, throughout his navel career he is recorded as having exhibited 19 paintings at the Royal Academy from 1832 to 1877, 13 at the British Institution from 1833 to 1859, and 7 at the Society of British Artists in both 1834 and 1835. Whilst in the Navy he was busy with survey work on the west coast of Ireland as well as at the mouth of the Shannon, and it was during this period that he sent marine paintings for exhibit at the Royal Hiberbian Academy. It is likely that the offered painting was painted in that area.