Painting of the Month

Captain John Elder of the barque Chaucer
Captain John Elder of the barque Chaucer
Oil on Canvas - 75 x 62.5 cm

It is not known who was the artist who created the paintiing but it was probably painted in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century. It is unsigned and undated.

In 1793 Captain Elder fought a gallant and successful action against the French Privateers in the Bay of Biscay, whilst bringing home a valuable cargo from the Mediterranean. For this he was awarded 100 guineas by Lloyds Underwriters. He married Ann Miller in 1793 and died in Greenock in 1843.

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