The Municipal Museum of Olhão – Edifício do Compromisso Marítimo has, since today, two more paintings in its permanent collection, both by Thomas Buttersworth and provided by Novo Banco.
The works «Hibernia» and «Veleiro no Tejo» were provided by Novo Banco, and this morning the protocol that formalizes this delivery to that cultural space was signed by the mayors of Olhão, António Miguel Pina, and NB, António Ramalho. Olhanense.
The integration in the Municipal Museum of Olhão of these two paintings by Thomas Buttersworth takes place within the scope of the Novo Banco Cultura project, which consists of sharing its artistic and cultural heritage with the public, through partnerships with museums, contributing with works that are a added value in its exhibition circuits.
The Mayor of Olhão, António Miguel Pina, thanked “the transfer of these two maritime paintings to a municipality strongly connected to the sea” and recalled the saga of the fishermen from Olhão, who, in 1808, headed to Brazil in a small boat, the Caíque Bom Sucesso , to give the king the good news that the French invaders had been expelled.
"These works enhance our Museum and our municipality, for which we thank you for your delivery," said the mayor of Olhão, seconded by António Ramalho.
“We had no doubts that these works made sense here in Olhão”, highlighted the president of Novo Banco, since “they pay homage to the sea and are from the time of the Napoleonic invasion, being Olhão strongly marked by this revolt against the Napoleonic troops” .
“One of these boats pictured here was part of those that protected the Portuguese court's hasty departure to Brazil,” said António Ramalho.
Also the regional director of Culture, Adriana Nogueira, who served as an intermediary between the municipality and Novo Banco Cultura, highlighted the importance of the coming of these cadres to Olhão.
"They described the works to me and I said: 'I know where they go'. All of this connected, in a network. And it is this network work that needs to be done and that Novo Banco has been doing with the Ministry of Culture ”, said the official.
For the regional director of Culture, “Olhão is a city that can show much more than the usual sun and beach that characterize the Algarve and the arrival of these two works at the municipal museum in Olhão shows just that”.
The granting for permanent exhibition of these two works by the English painter Thomas Buttersworth, which will be part of the Municipal Museum of Olhão – Edifício do Compromisso Marítimo, makes this one of the first two museums in the Algarve region (the other is Faro), the receive works from the Novo Banco estate.
There are already 31 museums nationwide with works under this project, with a total of 70 paintings donated.
Thomas Buttersworth's oil paintings on canvas (1768-1842), «Hibernia. Entrance to the Tagus »(46cm x 61cm) and« Veleiro no Tejo »(61 x 110 cm) can now be enjoyed in one of the rooms of the Building of the Maritime Commitment in Olhão.
Thomas Buttersworth is a peculiar figure in the panorama of marine painting. Self-taught painter and sailor, he lived in the troubled period of the Napoleonic wars, and many of the paintings he made refer to events he witnessed on the Atlantic coast, or battles in which he participated, constituting an important iconographic legacy.
In his works, and this is clearly visible in «Veleiro no Tejo», he combines the reality he witnessed, his in-depth knowledge of the boats, and also information taken from notes of landscapes, drawings and engravings, which explains that not always the views cities have an iconography consistent with the time they were painted.
«Hibernia. Entrada do Tejo »represents one of the largest warships built during the Napoleonic Wars, the famous 110-gun Hibernia, built in England for 12 years and launched into the sea in 1804.
His presence in the Tagus was highlighted in 1807, when he participated in the blockade of the Tagus and also for escorting the Portuguese fleet that took the royal family and the court to Brazil.
It was in this context that, shortly afterwards, a group of Olhanenses embarked on Caíque Bom Sucesso and ventured into the oceans to warn the king that the Algarve was no longer under French occupation.