The Steeples, Westport; John GULLY; 1880; 13
The Steeples, WestportAbout this object
A sailing ship slips past the Three Steeples off Cape Foulwind. The Rocks cast ominous shapes echoed by the breaking wave in the right foreground.Maker
1880Medium and Materials
Watercolour on paperSubject and Association Keywords
The Three Steeples Rocks are off the coast of Westport. On 28 January 1865, 15 years before this painting was created, John Gully was almost drowned on the Westport Bar. He was in a lifeboat that was attempting to cross the bar to the shore when it overturned on a wave. It took only 15 minutes for a second life boat to rescue the men but during that time three out of the nine were drowned (John Sidney Gully, 1984).
Te Papa holds the sketch from which this painting is based. It was done on John Gully's 1874 cruise from Nelson to Fiordland on Governor James Fergusson's yacht Blanche.
The Bishop Suter Art Gallery Founding Donation, gifted by Mrs Amelia Suter in memory of her husband Bishop Andrew Burn Suter in 1895Object Type
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