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Caught in the Ice
Artist / Maker:
Binks, Thomas
Museum link:
Ferens Art Gallery

The artist served his apprenticeship as a painter in the George Yard workshop of Thomas Meggitt (1779-1858). Binks would have learnt from him the basic skills of mixing colours and applying paint to wood and canvas. He was probably self-taught as a marine artist, learning from copying and observation. This painting, which bustles with dramatic detail, is thought to show the Hull whaler 'Dauntless', which was lost in ice in the Davis Straits, west of Greenland, in 1829. The ship was owned by John Beadle & Co. and her Master was Cap. Bramham. Although 1829 was a particularly difficult season, 'Dauntless' was the only vessel lost.

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