John Brett
Britannia’s Realm 1880

Artwork details

Artist
John Brett 1831–1902
Title
Britannia’s Realm
Date 1880
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1054 x 2121 mm
frame: 1463 x 2533 x 142 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1880
Reference
N01617
Not on display

Display caption

This view was painted near Tenby in Pembrokeshire, but its title implies that the world’s oceans are part of Britain’s colonial possessions, a popular idea at the height of the British Empire. The money Brett earned from the sale of this painting helped him to buy his own hundred-foot yacht.

May 2007

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