Group of 16 drawings of Deal by Henry Moses

Many 19th-century artists passed through the busy passenger port of Deal, including the marine specialist Henry Moses.


Sepia pen & wash on paper
Art Fund grant:
£500 ( Total: £4,640)
Acquired in:
William Drummond

The local beach-boats, luggers, galleypunts,and galleys, now known only from a few models and pictorial records, are drawn with an expert's understanding. Of particular interest is the drawing entitled The Iron Caisson. It shows the building of this large sheet-iron construction alongside the wooden pier for William Bush's controversial (and sadly unsuccessful) project to place a lighthouse-beacon and refuge on the Goodwin Sands for the benefit of seafarers, especially those shipwrecked. This group of drawings - made just before the advent of photography- constitutes a satisfyingly complete and convincing record of the port of Deal at an interesting point in its history.

Venue details

Deal Maritime and Local History Museum 22 St George's Road, DEAL Kent CT14 6BA

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £3)

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