Samuel Walters (1811-1882)
'Acadia (419 tons) off Dover'
With Dover Castle and Shakespeare Cliff beyond
Oil on canvas
Overall dimensions including frame: 103.9 x 73.2 cm
Samuel Walters was born at sea in 1811 the son of Miles Walters, a shipwright and seaman, who later established a framing and gilding business in Liverpool. Samuel was an accomplished painter of ships and coastal scenes and was also based in Liverpool, except for a brief period spent in London. He had several works accepted by the Royal Academy between 1842 and 1861.
Acadia was built in Sunderland in 1846 for her London based owners C. Walton & Co. whose flag she flies. She was employed as a trading vessel initially to Halifax, and later to South Africa and India. This exceptional painting was probably commissioned by the company to mark her maiden voyage.