Brooking depicted ships and their complex sail structures with elegant accuracy and this, twinned with his subtle observation of light and atmosphere, creates a beautiful and epic maritime scene.


  • Title: Men of War in Harbour
  • Creator: Charles Brooking (attributed )
  • Date Created: 1745/1755
  • Physical Dimensions: w1320 x h930 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Before his untimely death Brooking had established himself as England’s foremost marine artist. Brooking is known to have trained himself by copying earlier Dutch marine artists, notably William van de Velde, whose work was especially popular in this country.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • Rights: Bequeathed by George Palmer Holt in 1990

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