1965.7 | John Jardine

John Jardine
Philip Westcott (1815 - 1878)
1863, 19th century
143 x 119 cm
Gift of Ian MacLaren
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

The Jardine family dominated shipbuilding along the Richibucto River in the 1800s. This portrait is of John Jardine Sr., who began building ships with his brother Robert at Richibucto in 1824. Nephews John and Thomas followed in their footsteps constructing their own yard at Rexton, New Brunswick. Over a period of sixty years the Jardine family launched more than eighty sailing vessels.

British artist Philip Westcott (1815-1878) painted this oil portrait of John Jardine Sr. in 1863.

Source : The Golden Age of Sail [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    Westcott was a painter of historical subjects, landscapes and many portraits of distinguished sitters.

  • Where

    Philip Westcott was born in Liverpool, England, in 1815 and became an established artist there. He later spent time in London, finally settling in Manchester at the end of his life.

  • When

    The first Jardine-owned vessel was the Ellen Douglas, a 237-ton brig launched by Walter Neilson for John Jardine Sr. and his brother Robert in 1825.

  • Who

    John Jardine Sr. left New Brunswick in 1844, settling in Liverpool, where he died in 1874.