Torrens Shortening Sail
Torrens Shortening Sail

JOHN STEVEN DEWS (born 1949)

Torrens Shortening Sail

c. 1970 England

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-In this wonderful painting by John Steven Dews, the ship ‘Torrens’ is seen gradually shortening its sails as it faces heavy winds and choppy waves. The light of the setting sun illuminates the action and adds to the drama of the scene. The ship has so captured the public’s imagination that a painting of the clipper by the Canadian artist Jack L. Gray can be found in The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in the town of Halifax, Canada.

-‘Torrens’ was a clipper ship created to carry cargo and passengers between London and Port Adelaide in Australia and was deemed the fastest boat to sail on that route. Famously, the British-Polish writer Joseph Conrad sailed with the ‘Torrens’ as Chief Officer where he met the writers Edward Lancelot Sanderson and John Galsworthy, prompting his change of career. Conrad wrote of the ship that it was ‘a ship of brilliant qualities – the way the ship had of letting big seas slip under her did one's heart good to watch. It resembled so much an exhibition of intelligent grace and unerring skill that it could fascinate even the least seamanlike of our passengers.’ This grace and skill can be seen in this marvelous work by Dews.

-Known for his maritime paintings, John Steven Dews is an acclaimed marine artist. Painted in the realist style, Dews’ ability to capture the movement and ferocity of the ocean is fully realised in this beautiful painting.
Private Collection, United Kingdom
Height 23.20 cm (9.13 inches)
Width 35.20 cm (13.86 inches)
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Oil on cavas
Signed and titled verso
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