This wonderfully lively painting of a Royal Yacht in a strong breeze was brought out as one of a set of four stamps by the Jersey Post Office in 1974, when Monamy was still believed to have been born in Jersey. In about 1980 it was shown and discussed on a BBC TV programme devoted to philately, and described as an unusually attractive issue. The presenter remarked that the picture was by "a Flemish artist"; at which point Peter Monamy rotated in his grave.       32 x 26 sgd

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A Royal Yacht on a Stamp

Small Ship in Motion

The ship on the stamp is a yacht, flying the Royal Standard, but many of these breezy scenes by Monamy feature a kaag or a smaalschip, often flying a Dutch flag. The sense of motion and exhilaration, recognisable by anyone who has sailed in a small yacht on a bright day, is distinctive in Monamy's paintings, and much beyond the range of many other C18th marine artists, perhaps especially Samuel Scott. As stated elsewhere, the essential difference between these two painters is that Monamy's pictures are dynamic, where Scott's are static.

It will be apparent from other pages on this website that Monamy as "follower", "imitator" or "copyist" of van de Velde is of minor interest to me. His significance lies in his uniqueness and originality, and to cite the great Nabokov: "What the artist perceives is, primarily, the difference between things. It is the vulgar who note their resemblance." Fear of vulgarity makes me look for the differences.

Fresh Breezes: Introduction

Fresh Breezes: Small Ships
one: the smaalschip/kaag   two: small ships   three: small ships and yachts
more on yachts
an english yacht head-reaching
for yacht calms see here and here

Fresh Breezes: Large Ships
introductory
wind right to left     wind left to right


calms, calms, calms
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