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Art Wanted: Sell your 19th Century Ship Portrait

We are looking for works by:

Pringle, John Balfour (Scotish, 1815-1885) - Oilpaintings on canvas
he worked in Greenock, Scotland
Ship Portraits of British Sailing Vessels and Steamers, sometimes with local background
Since very few paintings are offered at all, therefore a reliable price-range is not available. Prices depend on subject, size, date, quality and condition. Please send us an e-mail to receive an exact offer for your work by this artist (free of charge for persons considering to sell their painting).
He usually depicted the ship in a large broadside view under full sail at sea, sometimes with a coastline in the distance. The execution of the sea, sky and vessel is sometimes a little naive although he was a professional ship portrait artist who had to make a living from his profession. More Information about the artist and his oeuvre can also be found in our book "Ship Portrait Artists".
The FineArtEmporium is interested in the direct purchase of fine works by this artist and can pay a good price. Please refer to our page "Contact" and send an e-mail to with the information requested there. You will receive an answer usually within 48-72 hours (up to a week in rare cases).

**Examples of pictures by the artist:

Pringle, John Balfour 
Known works in Private Collections and in the Art Trade - Fine Art Emporium World Register of Ship Portraits
Image of Pringle Painting

Portrait of a Nova Scotia Barque under full sail, 1868 - the Bark is shown off the Aisla Craig – signed and inscribed "Greenock" - Oil on canvas - 48 x 76 cm (19 by 30 inch) – Private Collection Northern America

Note: Alisa Craig is a familiar land mark often seen in paintings of the Clyde River School. The painting shows the vessel flying a Lovitt Shipping Company flag. There were several Lovitts who were ship owners in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in the 19th C. Their house flags varied from a red "L" to a blue "WDL" on white grounds. Without code flags or the name of the vessel on the bow, identification is difficult. There were three Lovitt Company barques in Greenock in 1868: the George Bell, the Francis Bourneuf and the Agnes M.Lovitt. Click on the image to enlarge

*British Princess* c. 1885 – The English Barque under full sail passing Alisa Craig with a boat in the foreground – 76 x 112 cm – signed

*City of Perth* 1873 – The English full–rigged Ship under sail at sea – 64 x 91 cm – signed "J.B. Pringle" and dated - British Collection

*Jasper* 1883 – The English Steamer with auxiliary sails set at sea – 50 x 75 cm – signed and dated – Private Collection 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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