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From England where he spent most of his painting career, Thomas
Buttersworth, Sr. was known for his marine watercolor and oil paintings
and charcoal drawings, especially battle scenes. He was a mariner
himself, which meant that many of his depictions were based on
first-hand observations. Examples include Inshore Squadron off Cadiz (1797), which is in the National Maritime Museum in London.
In 1795, Buttersworth was assigned to the ship Enterprise in London, and several years later was on the Caroline
during the French wars. However, by 1800, he was land bound,
having become an invalid during sea duty in Minorca. He assumed
the appointment of Marine Painter for the East India Company, which led
him to a new phase of his painting career---ship portraits.
He did not do much exhibiting of his paintings during his
lifetime. Some art historians have listed him as dying in
1830, but further research made it obvious that date was incorrect
because he did paintings of Queen Victoria's visit to Edinburgh,
Scotland in 1842.
National Maritime Museum,
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