Although Joseph Walter was a similar age to the other Bristol School artists he does not seem to have started to paint until he was nearly 50 years old. It is possible that he spent his earlier life at sea, as he clearly had a great knowledge of ships, and he was to become Bristol's greatest marine painter of the nineteenth century. This is one of his earliest oil paintings and shows a small merchant ship sailing out past Portishead Point into the Severn.
Where to see this painting?
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Road, Bristol, Bristol, England, BS8 1RL
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