Medium: Oils

Support: Deep Canvas (Wrapped)

Size: 41 x 50 x 2.5cm

Frame: Unframed

Year: 2016

55: 'Lidia Logie'

£160.00Price
Colour: Brown
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  • Throughout history disasters have caused great fear within societies around the world. During the eighteenth century Britain was travelling the seas to many places and reasons. Within British business and certain quarters of society the fear of shipwrecks was very tangible. Not only did this potentially mean loss of life but it also impacted on business itself. If a shipwreck occurred, most cargo would never reach its destination and therefore effect finance and business credit rating. The tale of the doomed Grosvenor, a three-masted East Indian trading ship trying to make her way back to England is intriguing and it starts in Ceylon, Sri Lanka. On the 4th August 1782 The Grosvenor set sail from Trincomalee in Ceylon back to England, laden with cargo and 150 people on board. Due to poor navigation she fell foul of rocks off the Ponderland coast around the Cape. Of the 123 survivors only 18 eventually reached Cape Town after a long trek. However, it is believed that several women had remained in the area with a local tribe and settled there - something not accepted within Georgian society. One of those women was Lydia Logie. Lydia, the wife of the Grosvenor’s Chief Officer, remained with the Xhosa tribe and eventually died there, her remains found by a rescue mission eight years after the shipwreck.' This expressionist portrait is of Lydia Logie – a woman, who after the death of her husband in South Africa joined an African tribe. Whatever the reasons for settling there, it showed Lydia of great strength and character. An unusual African style expressionist painting on a quality, stretched with deep edge cotton canvas.

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