Cecil Doughty (biography)Medium:
Pen & Ink Wash on BoardSize:
11" x 15" (290mm x 370mm)Date:
Signed by artist bottom rightThis is the Signed unique original Pen & Ink Wash by Cecil Doughty.
The Mayflower was the ship that transported the first English Separatists, known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth to the New World in 1620. There were 102 passengers, and the crew is estimated to have been about 30. This voyage has become an iconic story in some of the earliest annals of American history, with its story of death and of survival in the harsh New England winter environment.
The culmination of the voyage was the signing of the Mayflower Compact which established a rudimentary form of democracy, with each member contributing to the welfare of the community.
Doughty creates a stark contrast between the gruff bearded mariners and the pilgrim passengers aboard the vessel, with their delicate faces and children being breastfed or listening to bible stories on deck. The lady to bottom left and the man to the right hand side holding the mast, both keep unflinching eye contact with us as onlookers, creating a real sense of us being on-board as well.