National Gallery of Canada
The Frank off George’s Island, Halifax, c. 1856
Oil on canvas
Considered one of the best paintersworking in the Atlantic provinces in the middle of the 19th century, John O’Brien specialized in naval portraiture and seascapes. The Frank off George’s Island, Halifax ranks among his masterpieces. The proportions of the ship are in perfect harmony with the background. Similarly, the artist has judiciously integrated several figures in his composition and created a lively scene that has much to offer visually.With a wink, the artist signed his name in the right bottom corner on a drifting plank.