W D Hammond

Sea chest

Sea chest by W D Hammond

Artwork Detail

This painting of the wild and freezing sub-Antarctic ocean shows a sperm whale diving underwater. By presenting a homage to nineteenth century depictions of whaling, Hammond recalls the traditions of maritime art made below the deck in sailors’ quarters at some past time. The pine door on which the painting was created looks as if it may once have been a fragment of some long-lost maritime coffer. (Golden, 2004)

Sea chest
W D Hammond
Production date
oil on wood
715 x 760 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Friends of the Auckland Art Gallery Acquisitions Trust, 1998
Accession no
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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