Lot 256 View Catalog
O/C 'Star of the East' Maritime Ship painting by Joseph Heard. A large painting by one of the acknowledged masters of the genre. Signed by Heard, this painting is a depiction of the ship in a harbor in Australia. Another version of this exact scene by Heard is featured in the art collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Their painting is dated 1852, so this version is likely from the same point in time.
Work Size: H. 24" x L. 42"
Frame Size: H. 27" x L. 45" x D. 1"
Condition: Very Good, with some touch-up work to the sky areas of the painting. Frame is very good as well.
Joseph Heard was one of the leading artists of the Liverpool School. He used a well balanced composition, depicting the vessel in one or two positions off Gibraltar, Capetown or other foreign locations. His fluid handling of the sea and his palette of bright colors add to the appeal of his work. He painted mostly Ship Portraits, mainly of Sailing Vessels and occasionally also of Steamers, having lived and worked in Whitehaven and from 1832 in Liverpool, Great Britain
The Star of the East arrived in Liverpool on 5th March, 1853, 20 days out from St John's against strong N.E. winds. She was built by shipbuilder W.R. Wright, her dimensions being length of keel 206 feet, length over all 237,beam ; 40 feet 10 in, depth of hold, 22 feet.
At the time of her launch she was considered the finest ship ever built at St. John's. On her arrival in Liverpool she was at once bought by Mr. James Beazley, having cost him when ready for sea £22,683. She loaded for Australia in the Golden Line, and went out to Melbourne in 76 days under Captain Christian, late of Beazley 's Constance. From Melbourne she went to Sydney and loaded across to Shanghai; then sailing from Shanghai in the favourable monsoon, arrived home in 104 days, 4 of which were spent anchored off Gutztaff Island in a typhoon. The whole voyage only occupied 9 months 27 days, and she cleared £8018 clear profit. Her second voyage on the same route she did still better, clearing £8920.