This is one of a series of carefully researched paintings depicting rescues made by the lifeboats that were stationed at Sidmouth in the nineteenth century. This lifeboat is the Rimmington, which was the Sidmouth lifeboat 1869 – 1885, being launched on 31st December 1872. A southerly gale had been blowing for several days and the Bordeaux brigantine ‘Emmeline’ was in difficulty. The lifeboat rescued the crew of 11 men and boys but with the lifeboat significantly overloaded and the worsening weather conditions it was decided to row the boat to Beer and land there. The lifeboat was able to return to Sidmouth the next day, New Year’s Day 1873.
Oil on linen canvas and framed in a traditional bespoke quality frame.
Canvas size: 24 x 40 inches (61 x 102 cm)
Exterior frame size: 30 x 46 inches (88 x 119 cm)