The Parting Cheer by Henry Nelson O'Neil

Crowded scene depicting a ship's departure from the quayside, focusing on the reactions of the grieving friends and families left behind on shore.


Oil on canvas
132 x 186 cm
Art Fund grant:
£70,000 ( Total: £450,000)
Acquired in:
Jerry Davies through Sotheby's

United through their common experience, the individuality of their reactions varies according to their circumstances. The sailors and emigrants hang over the side of the ship with their arms outstretched, trying to maintain their link with home as long as possible.


John Lightfoot Newall, via Agnew's, 1862; Christie's, 1906; Cooling Gallery; Sotheby's, 1983; Prudential Art Collection; Christie's, 1999; Jerry Davies; Sotheby's, 2003 (unsold).

Venue details

National Maritime Museum Romney Road, Greenwich, LONDON London SE10 9NF 020 8312 6608

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