Mark Woollacott Marine Artist

The Cold Sea

The Cold Sea

The Cold Sea

The Cold Sea

The Cold Sea

This traditional maritime painting features a large clipper ship sailing in Antarctic waters.

Mark Woollacott

The Cold Sea


Acrylic on Gallery Slim (21mm deep) medium grain cotton canvas made by Fine Art Canvases

Canvas Dimensions

20 inches x 30 inches x 0.75 inches (50.8 cm x 76.2 cm x 2.1 cm)

Year Painted



SOLD £1,700.00. Commissioned painting. This painting was sold on 17th January 2015 at Echo Beach Fine Art Gallery, 4 Broad Street, Ilfracombe, North Devon. EX34 9EE.

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This marine painting features a picture of a clipper ship sailing close to the Antarctic region, with the wind coming from the direction of the land. Although the clipper in this painting is authentic, in terms of design and construction, it is not based on a specific clipper, nor is it a painting depicting a real-life historical event. The brief for this painting commission was merely to paint a traditional nineteenth-century clipper in a wintry environment.

A clipper was a very fast sailing ship of the nineteenth century. They were long vessels, built with three masts and a square rig. They were generally narrow for their length and had a very large sail area and included skysails as well as moon sails. Clippers transported cargo, like tea, and sailed all over the world, mostly on the trade routes between the United Kingdom and its colonies in the east, in trans-Atlantic trade, and sometimes round Cape Horn.

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