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This dramatic scene shows the historically important 'Original' lifeboat - the first purpose-built lifeboat anywhere, which was based at South Shields.
Launching the Lifeboat by Luke Clennell, 1810
© South Shields Museum and Art Gallery
- Watercolour on paper Dimensions: 43.8 x 70.5cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,125 ( Total: £10,600)
- Acquired in:
- W/S Fine Art Ltd
The boat is manned by South Shields' Tyne pilots who wear distinctive headgear. A large, rare watercolour by Luke Clennell, a significant North-East artist whose career was cut short by illness.
John Zwemmer; Agnew's, 1981; The Prudential Assurance Company, until 2005; Christie's, 2005; W/S Fine Art.
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