Samuel Scott's signed 1736 painting of the Royal William at sea, bottom left, above, was described by E.H.H.Archibald as one of the two "finest marines by Scott in existence." It seems worth while to compare it with Dr McDonald's unsigned painting, attributed to Monamy, since the two paintings are said to depict the same ship.

the mcdonald "monamy", see cockett 2000, p.59, now allegedly signed p.monamy, christie's

This study of boatmen or watermen strikes me as highly typical of Scott's work. The men are well-drawn, but extremely static, stiff and rigid, as though they had been posing for a 19th century camera shot. From Kingzett's Catalogue.

By contrast, the men in the McDonald painting are rendered very naturally, with a pleasing rhythm to their movements. However, in the two little sketches below, also by Scott, there is a greater sense of liveliness and life, if not quite matching the adroitness of the painting. Neither Scott nor Monamy seems to me the author of the painting.

the boatmen in the mcdonald "monamy"

This is a detail of a detail of a painting, unsigned, attributed to Monamy, which was featured on the cover of The Connoisseur, May 1965. It was then also with Leggatt Brothers, who mounted the McDonald Collection exhibition in 1970. I thought it possibly might be by the same artist as the McDonald "Monamy". See here, however, where it is set next to a detail of another painting, recently auctioned, which appears to be a completely authentic signed Monamy.

from A Catalogue of the Works of Samuel Scott, Richard Kingzett, 1982

samuel scott: national maritime museum: note the length of the crossyard

anyone hoping to solve these problems needs his head examined: print detail reversed
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