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Unknown steamer painted on leaf

artist unknown

Unknown steamer painted on leaf

Date: unknown

Media: mixed media

Size: 125 x 190 mm

Acquired: 1982; Gift

Accession Number: 82.119I/6

This unusual portrait of a ship executed on a leaf is unique in the museum’s collection. It was discovered in the leaves of a family Bible in 1982. The steamer portrayed bears the house colours of Morel Ltd. ofCardiff. The painting was probably done by the late Captain Samuel Jenkins of Aberporth, who served on board Morel’s SS Cardiff for fifteen months when he first went to see in 1909. His three voyages on the vessel involved visits to Asia and both continents ofAmerica, so the leaf could have come from any of these places.

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