John Brett Britannia’s Realm 1880

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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
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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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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