Couple Donate 18th Century Painting to Jersey Heritage

June 16 2021

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Picture: Jersey Heritage

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from the Island of Jersey that couple Simon and Clare Perrée have donated a signed painting by Thomas Whitcombe (c.1763 - 1824) of A view of a ship approaching St Helier harbour with Elizabeth Castle in the background to Jersey Heritage, an organisation that runs the Island's local museums.

According to their press release:

"It is the only painting of an Island scene by Whitcombe that we know of so it is wonderful that it can go on display in Jersey where it has the most meaning and relevance.” [said Louise Downie, Jersey Heritage’s Director of Curation & Experience]

The Whitcombe painting is an oil on canvas and captures a time in Jersey’s history when smuggling was a big issue for the authorities. In the 18th century, the Channel Islands and French waters were rich pickings for smugglers and in an effort to stop this illegal trade, the British Navy sent revenue cutters – small ships built for speed and armed with cannons. In the painting, a cutter has sails full of cannon ball holes, suggesting it had recently been in action.

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