7809P MARINE BATTLE AN ACTION BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND DUTCH NAVY ATTRIBUTED TO J. WILKINS Flourished 1795-1800
Oil on canvas 25 x 39 inches Framed size 29 ½ x 43 ½ inches
J. Wilkins was a painter from London who specialized in marines and topographical views.Little is known of his early artistic career, but he started to exhibit paintings at the London Royal Academy in 1795.His style is reminiscent of William Anderson for his sea pieces.His work is often confused with the earlier artist Robert Wilkins, who also painted marine scenes.J. Wilkins worked in the very hub of 18th Century artistic London in the Fitzrovia district.His works are rare and when they are signed it is usually without an initial which would lead to many having become anonymous. The action depicted would appear to be off Saldanha Bay in the Western cape of South Africa, on 17th August 1796.
Bibl: Graves Dictionary of Artists British Marine Painters by Arnold Wilson