Launching the Lifeboat by Luke Clennell

This dramatic scene shows the historically important 'Original' lifeboat - the first purpose-built lifeboat anywhere, which was based at South Shields.


Watercolour on paper
43.8 x 70.5 cm
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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