John (Jack) Robert Charles Spurling
Ship "Loch Etive", 1925
Signed and dated J. Spurling/1925 (lr); inscribed as titled on the reverse
Gouache on board
15 x 21 inches (38 x 53.3 cm)
The Loch Etive was a British iron full-rigged clipper ship built in Glasgow in 1877. The novelist, Joseph Conrad served as her third mate and referred to her in his novel "Mirror of the Seas": "The ship was one of those iron wood clippers that the Clyde had floated out in swarms upon the world during the seventh decade of the last century. It was a fine period in shipbuilding and also, I might say, a period of overmasting. The spars rigged up on the narrow hulls were indeed tall then, and the ship of which I think, with her colored-glass skylight-ends bearing the motto, 'Let Glasgow Flourish,' was certainly one of the most heavily-sparred specimens. She was built for hard driving, and unquestionably she got all the driving she could stand."
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