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This depicts the East India Company's Yard and buildings near Deptford Creek. Several ships are on the stocks and their striped ensigns identify them as Indiamen. The ships initially used by the Company were purchased privately. However losses from wear, tear and wreck took their toll and large ships suitable for the Eastern trade were soon at a premium. In 1607 the Company therefore decided to build its own ships and they leased a yard in Deptford.
oil on canvas
H 91.5 x W 186.7 cm