19th Century Oil on Canvas by Henry Moore titled “A Breezy Day in the Channel”


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Renowned British maritime and landscape artist Henry Moore (1831-1895) grew famous for his impressive seascapes in the mid-nineteenth century. Educated by his father, the portraitist William Moore, Henry Moore entered the Royal Academy School in 1853 and began his professional exhibitions that same year. His subjects, land, and seascapes, were shown in a number of prominent art galleries, including the Royal Gallery, the Society of British Arts, and the Grosvenor Gallery. In 1880, Moore achieved full membership in the Royal Watercolour Society; in 1893, he became a full Royal Academician, an elite position held by only forty-two of the most accomplished British artists. Moore’s induction recognized his superior achievement in depicting color and waveform. Today his work retains interest among curators and collectors alike; some of his most famous pieces remain on view at the Tate, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and the Manchester Art Gallery.

This oil on canvas entitled “A Breezy Day in the Channel” portrays one of Moore’s best subjects: the open ocean, a bevy of sailing ships assailed by rough waters. Dark clouds foretell a coming storm. Notice the painter’s exceptionally controlled color palette: the yellow-green waves are little distinguished from the golden-toned sky, only a reddish flag flying from the closest ship deviates from the otherwise muted canvas. This restraint masterfully underscores the painting’s somewhat ominous tone; from the right, soft-brushed darkness seems to suggest the first storm cloud.

A relatable work to the modern sailor or fisherman, this piece would make an excellent addition to any home library, office, or living room.

Dimensions with frame: H= 31.5 in., W= 47 in., D=3 in. , 25 lbs.
Dimensions of canvas only: H= 24 in. W= 40 in.

Additional information

Weight 25 lbs
Dimensions L 3 x W 47 x H 31.5 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

19th Century

Place of Origin




Additional Dimensions

Canvas: 40"W x 24"H


The wooden frame has its original gold leaf. The moldings are gesso. There is some wood separation throughout the frame. One of the close-up images shows the separation that can be seen on some of the corners as well as nicks, scratches, and signs of wear throughout the frame and gesso moldings, normal for its age. Despite the separation, the frame is intact and stable. The canvas has been relined to preserve the original state. We are happy to provide additional photos upon request.

Although we are attempting to provide realistic online images, differences in lighting sources affect the real color contracts of the painting. We will be happy to provide additional images under different lighting sources and further close-up images upon request. However, we recommend you consider the lighting in your home and how different lighting sources preserve the painting best and can improve the details the artist emphasized. We also recommend you determine the proper angle placement for the painting to avoid casting shadows or reducing glare to obtain the highest level of satisfaction from this artwork.

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