An "overdoor", 12 x 38, to fit the panelling above an 18th century doorway. Click on picture for its pair.


"The shallow waves that rolled under his window" ---- Horace Walpole, 1780
"tameness and lack of vigour" ----- E.Keble Chatterton, 1928
"anticipates Turner's stormy sensibility" ----- Tate Gallery Illustrated Companion, 1979

Tate Gallery

This picture, 30 x 42, was bought by the Tate Gallery in 1965. The ships are said to date from the end of 17th century, as they have round gun ports, which were abolished in 1700. The painting could have been produced at any time after 1700, but perhaps the early date of the vessels suggests that Monamy was working from a drawing, or an oil, by an earlier painter. A painting viewable here makes an interesting comparison. The rare mezzotint below, by Elisha Kirkall, is inscribed with the date 1736: it appears directly to derive from the Tate Gallery oil. See mezzotints.

The pictures presented below are a cross-section of storm scenes attributed to Monamy, which are discussed more thoroughly on separate pages.

The All Purpose Storm Print

The All Purpose Storm Print

Dunham Massey, National Trust. Is that a pre-1714 ensign? If so, it would be odd. Anachronistic for a mature work.

East Indiaman and Royal Yacht in storm off a rocky coast with a castle
National Maritime Museum

see here for discussion of this picture

another overdoor: société jersiaise: 16 x 37

for comparison: left, van de velde, 30 x 25, c.1680;         right, 17½ x 26¾ attributed to brooking, 8 July 2015
check for robinson van de velde reference : vol 2 p 1051

From the Country Life article by John Wood, 1959.

Variation on a theme

more storms and a tempest
Storms with Rocks: Shipwrack
artistic range
monamy website index


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Oil on canvas, 15½ x 36½, or 16 x 37. Collection: Jersey Museum.