For your consideration, a rare nautical ship painting by the noted 19th century painter David Maitland McKenzie (1800 - 1875). The oil on board work is in excellent vintage condition with very minor paint loss and minor abrasions (see photos) and measures 33cm x 25.5cm (13” x 10”), framed 41cm x 34cm (16 1/8” x 131/8”). David Maitland McKenzie was a landscape painter in oil. Some mystery surrounds this artist. He was a foundation associate of the Institution for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts in 1826 where he exhibited some well executed landscapes in 1826, 1830 and again during the first four years of the Scottish Academy 1827-1830. He was elected RSA in 1829 but in 1832 he forfeited his membership, apparently due to unseemly behavior, being one of two Academicians to be deprived of their membership due to disciplinary action. He worked rather heavily but sometimes effectively in the manner of Horatio McCulloch. McKenzie is best known for his landscapes, and this fine nautical work is a rare example of his exploration of this subject genre.
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