Henry Robins was born in Chichester in 1820. He was a self- taught artist who served in the Royal Marines as an artillery sergeant. He was an accomplished artist who used his intimate knowledge of naval ships and the moods of the sea to paint highly detailed scenes. He lived in Portsea and came to the attention of Queen Victoria when he painted the raising of the wreck of the HMS Eurydice on the Isle of Wight. He took less than 40 hours to complete the painting and the Queen wrote praise of his artistic skills in her journal.
The Jumna was one of five iron-hulled troopships commissioned by the British Admiralty and the Indian government and launched in 1866. The vessel was 360ft in length by 49ft with one funnel, a barque-rig sail plan, three 4-pounder guns and a white painted hull. The Jumna spent most of her career transporting British troops to and from India. On 29 March, 1884, she shipped back to the York and Lancaster Regiment in England. Given Robins's previous record of painting naval events it is entirely possible this work was painted as he witnessed the ships final return.
The work is housed in its original gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||11.5 inches x 23.5 inches (29cm x 60cm)|
|Framed Size||21.5 inches x 33.5 inches (55cm x 85cm)|