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6am off the Isle of Wight on Board the 'Majestic' (Early Morning from the Deck of the 'Majestic')

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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In this landscape painting by the conductor Sir Henry J. Wood, he has used a soft monochrome palette of pale greys, white, blacks and blues, representing the dawn over the water. It may have been influenced by the work of Whistler. He painted throughout his life, and initially attended evening classes at Heatherley's School near Oxford Street. The Academy holds a collection of his paintings. At 26, Sir Henry, affectionately known as 'Old Timber', was engaged by Robert Newman, the manager of the Queen's Hall, London, to conduct the first of the promenade concert series, which opened on 10 August 1895.

Royal Academy of Music





oil on wood


H 25.5 x W 35 cm

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presented by Lady Jessie Wood, 1969

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