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Art Wanted: Sell your 19th Century Ship Portrait

We are looking for works by:

William Edgar (Australian, fl. 1898-1918) - Oilpaintings on canvas or on board
Worked and lived in Sydney and Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia.
Ship Portraits of Sailing Vessels and steamers
Prices depend on subject, size, date, quality and condition. Please send us an e-mail to receive an exact offer for your painting (free of charge for persons considering to sell their painting).

Edgar was a full time ship portrait artist and stayed in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia. He often depicted the last of the larger sailing vessels, like the four-masted steel ships. He preferred oil either on board or on canvas of medium (i.e. 56 x 76 cm) or larger size (i.e. 61 x 92 cm) and his paintings are usually very accurate and detailed. Otherwise his style is similar to other Australian artists of the period, like Borstel and Temple West. In 1908 and 1912 he visited San Francisco and settled in this town after 1918. The local Maritime Museum holds three works by him. He used a "fresh" light palette, depicting the ship on a sunny day. Information about the artist and his oeuvre can also be found in our book "Ship Portrait Artists".

The FineArtEmporium might be interested in the purchase or brokerage of fine works by this artist. Please refer to our page "Contact" and send an e-mail to bais(at) with the information requested there. You will receive an answer usually within 48-72 hours (up to a week in rare cases).

Example of paintings by this artist:

Ship Portrait

Excellent Ship Portrait of the German Barque *Antuco* (of Hamburg) sailing to Australia, ca. 1900 - the vessel is shown under full sail at moderate sea off a Rock Headland with a light house and with two-masted vessel in the background - Oil on artist`s board - 48 by 62,5 cm (19 by 24 inch), with frame 62 x 76 cm (24 by 30 inch) - inscribed on the bow with the ship`s name and signed lower right "W. Edgar, Charlestown Studios, NSW - cleaned and in good condition - Private Collection Memphis (TN), U.S.A. - see here more illustrations

Note: The large steel Barque "Antuco" (75 Meter Lenght, 1532 Tons) was built in 1892 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg and owned by the Hamburg Shipping Company N.H.P. Schuldt. Captains in command were D. Thedens (1892), H.N. Spiess (1893-1900) and W. Kröger (1901-07). It was a highly appreciated ship by both the owners and captains & crew and many fast travels to Southern America and Australia were noted. In 1908 Antuco was sold to the Hamburg Shipping Company of 1896 and Capt. L. Müller was in command until 1912 when it was finally sold to Grimstad. Photo Copyright is with the FineArtEmporium

*Auldgirth* c. 1900 Portrait of the English Barque under full sail at sea with a coastline in the distance 41 x 61 cm signed and inscribed "Newcastle"
*Idomeneus* 1902 English Passenger Steamer passing the Sydney Heads 61 x 92 cm signed and dated nice work by Edgar - British Collection
*Sierra Lucena* The Schooner at sea 51 x 76 cm signed Private Collection in Great Britain

Please note, that we have no photos or additional information about the above ship(s) or painting(s). The paintings are only shown as examples of works by the artist and are NOT for sale. If you are interested to check paintings available for purchase please refer to our For Sale Category. Thank you

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