ROYAL OCCASIONS
Fresh Winds


Reproduced in b/w in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy,
1995, ed J.R.Hill, p.82.
This painting is unattributed; with photograph credited to the NMM. The caption reads:
"A royal yacht with a fleet getting under way in a breeze. Under naval protection, William III, George I and George II each crossed the channel several times to visit the Continent."

Not having come across this painting previously, it was a pleasure to discover it in the paperback edition of the Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, 2002. Solely on the basis of the book reproduction I have little hesitation in believing it to be an excellent Monamy from his middle period, say 1722-1734. Compare the large vessel, right, with his East Indiaman. The yacht, particularly the rendering of its wake in the water, and the ships in the middle distance, are also familiar from other works. The striking composition looks original.

Part of the vitality of both paintings lies in having the main ship seem to leave the frame, almost in anticipation of 20th century film technique. Preposterous?


A Royal Yacht in a stiff breeze; signed P:Monamy: Pinx; 30 x 25.

At auction in 2012 this was described as "Prince George of Denmark, 1653-1708, amidst escorting warships ... possibly en route to Denmark". Possibly. The Royal Standard can't be made out from this scan, but on the face of it this identification seems quite preposterous. I don't believe Monamy was painting like this before 1708; and why would he paint Prince George of Denmark at any date after 1708 ? Of course, there's no telling who might have commissioned it. Stylistically, I would put it circa 1730. I could be wrong: perhaps it was painted in the 1800s. Just kidding. But where are the "escorting" warships ? What ensign is flying from the stern of that non-escorting ship departing ? Is it pre-1707 ?


possibly based on a painting by Monamy
described as George I being landed at Rye from the Carolina, January 1726

royal occasions:     calm waters     fresh winds
royal occasions:     port quarters     starboard quarters
royal sovereign composition types:     one     two     relatively tall/narrow
royal sovereign composition types:     a. starboard     b. port     broad
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