The Brig Porter
This is a conventional two view picture of a ship as often commissioned by the owner of a new ship. This is from a photograph of the original. The whereabouts of the original is unknown. The two views have the same sails set and the same flags and pennants flying. This is conventional in such multiple view ship pictures. The background is Liverpool. On the extreme left is the dome of St Pauls, the spire between the masts is St George's spire. The forest of masts in front of the foremast are ships in St George's Dock. The brig was registered in 1824.
The artist is unknown. Robert Salmon placed a rowing boat in the
foreground in some of his pictures - (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/galleries/locations/merseyside-maritime-museum-5294).
He moved to America in 1828 so he is a possibility - in his style perhaps.
30 January, 2014