A pair of masterfully marine paintings was executed in the late 18th century ( one of two signed and dated 1796) by high listed British marine painter Robert Wilkins ( 1740 - after 1799). Both paintings have original titles: „ Shipping off the Coast" and „ The Smuggler‘s Cove". The artist worked in London, exhibited his marine works from 1765 to 1782 ( sailing ships, ship fires and others). Represanted in different international and English lexicons.
Literature: " Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenen Künstler " by Thieme / Becker. Leipzig, 1999; Nagler, Art lexicon, 1851 ( in German); Waterhouse, 1981, p.411; Redgrave, Dictionary of Art, 1878; Graves, Royal Academy, 1906; London Government Art Collection "HMS Sutherland lieving New York for Halifax"; James Taylor „Marine painting. Images of Sail, Sea and Shore“, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, 1995.
Inscription: one of two signed and dated : „f (fecit) Wilkins 1796”; on the back of each there are two antique labels: first with the name of the artist and original title ; the second is antique label of a materials and frame producer in London. The name of the artist was printed with a typos: instead " f. (fecit ) Wilkins “with mystake „ I.Wilkins“.
Technique: each oil on wood. Antique gilt frames.
Measurements: each oval image unframed w 10 3/4" x h 13" (27,3 x 33 cm), matted and framed w 18 3/4" x 15 3/4" (47,5 x 40 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.