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The Mary entering the harbour of La Valetta, Malta - 5th December 1835

She looks as if she has had a rough passage

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I don't think Huggins meant to indicate any damage done to the ship. Sails are coming in in a hurry (mainsail "scandalized"); the brailed in loose footed foresail might look torn inside the clew, but I think he only meant to indicate a fold.
I also believe the ship is portrayed as somewhat more racy than what she would be in a photograph, loftier and more sleek with the men shown too small, but as a type she certainly was built for speed. Maybe she was built for the fruit trade where at the time speed was of great importance.
The painting is a very attractive one in my eyes. William John Huggins is a big name in the history of Marine painting. He started out as a sailor, leaving the sea in 1814 when he was 33, setting up as a ship portraitist in London. He was prolific, sold engravings of his work, and enjoyed some success. He died in 1845. Regards, Stein.
 

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Many thanks for your comments and added information, Stein. I have a few more similar which I shall post over the next few days.

Joyce
 

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