Dimensions: 2 ft x 5ft

Keywords: Sailing Ships, Galleons, Sea Gulls, Birds, Fish, Sea Creatures, s.s.Malta

Dates: 1894-1895

Marks / Inscriptions: Early Fulham Period

Marks / Inscriptions Notes: Impress stamp - verso

General Notes: The tile panel is in an original oak frame


This tile panel, depicting galleons in full sail with sea creatures, landscape and sunrise was designed for the P&O ship the s.s.Malta and is typical of the schemes which he designed for 12 P&O ships between 1882 and 1900

An important tile panel consisting of forty, 6” square tiles and representing a colourful and exotic scene of sailing ships, birds and sea creatures. De Morgan had a great fondness for the sea and is quoted by his sister-in-law in her 1922 biography William De Morgan and His Wife, as wistfully stating “I should like to be buried at sea during a glorious sunrise off the islands of Majorca and Minorca”.

The tiles are marked on the reverse with an early Fulham Period impress stamp - dating the panel to between 1888 and 1897. The scale, subject and quality of this panel suggest that it may well have been designed as part of De Morgan’s commissions for P&O, which he undertook between 1882 and 1900. Letters written between De Morgan and his business partner Halsey Ricardo, further place the panel as part of their designs for the s.s.Malta in 1895.
The tile panel was acquired by the Centre in 2007 with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and The Art Fund.

Credit: Acquired 2006 from Sotherbys Auction. With thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund, Mr John Scott

Object Location: Loan - The Peabody Essex Museum

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