Admiral Sir Michael Seymour (1802–1887), United Kingdom
La Guaira, Venezuela, 1848
Graphite and watercolor on paper
Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
While serving as the captain of the HMS Vindictive, Admiral Sir Michael Seymour was assigned to paint the Venezuelan port La Guaira. Before the advancement of photography such duties were a common practice among officers traveling with the British Navy. Seymour later gave a group of these watercolors to his friend and commander, Rear Admiral Sir Francis William Austen (1774–1865), who was the elder brother of novelist Jane Austen.