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Louis Letouche
The Garfield, Ship Portrait Maritime Oil Painting

C. 1989



The Garfield by Louis Letouche (French 1924-2015) oil painting on linen canvas, stretched over board Framed Framed size: 15.5 x 22 inches Superb oil painting by the well listed French marine artist Louis Letouche (1924-2015). The painting portrays the beautiful Belfast constructed ship, The Garfield. The Garfield was the first steel ship Harland and Wolff built. She had the added honor of being the first ship to fit the short spike bowsprit, which soon led to the removal of the old bowsprit and jib-boom from all other ships. At her launch she was the largest full-rigger in the world. On the 5th October 1895 while bound from Liverpool to Valparaiso with coal, she caught fire and was abandoned. She was afterwards picked up and towed to port. She laid for many years in port on the West Coast, lying at moorings in Coquimbo, Chile burnt out, with only bowsprit and fore lower mast standing. The painting is by the very talented French marine artist, Louis Letouche (1924-2015). The artist began painting passionately in 1958. Self taught, he turned to marine portraiture in which he excelled. Never seeking fame or the highlight, the artists work has been relatively unknown until now a couple of years after his death. We are very pleased to introduce you to his work, having acquired a number of marine portraits by this artist, all of which came from the artists estate. For the collector of maritime paintings and history, they offer a fascinating and unique insight into our maritime past - and for any marine themed interior, they make wonderful interior decoration. They offer potential as a single painting on the "den" wall, pairs hung either side of a fireplace or even whole sets grouped together to really make a powerful statement within a themed space. Condition report: The painting is in very good condition. If you will excuse the pun, we can "ship" this painting worldwide!


  • Creator
    Louis Letouche (1924 - 2015, French)
  • Creation Year
    C. 1989
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.5 in. (39.37 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Cirencester, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU50932591431

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