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Gee of Cottingham

Joseph Gee of Cottingham Hall was Hull's dominant ship owner in both sail and steam from around 1830 to 1860.

The descendant of a family of local gentry, Joseph Gee was born into a family with substantial holdings of land in the East Riding and lived at Cottingham Hall, Yorkshire. His birth date is unknown. He died aged 58 at Lowestoft, while on business, in 1860.

Gee had a series of cutter (racing) yachts including the renowned ˜Corsair", built in 1825. In this portrait he wears yachting garb, and is posed with a cutter yacht in the background. He also founded the Hull Mariners' Church and Sailor' Orphanage Society (later the Hull Seaman's and General Orphan Society). The Hull Maritime Museum holds a crude copy of this portrait that Gee presented to the Sailors' Orphanage.

Many of his vessels were depicted by local marine artists, notably "The Return of the ˜William Lee" by John Ward of Hull (1798-1849). Currently in the Ferens Collection.

Thomas Ellerby was a London-based portrait and genre painter. He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy. His subjects included official portraits and exotic themes like A Roman Woman Selling Flowers. He was clearly highly regarded since many of his portraits were engraved. During the latter part of his career, Ellerby undertook commissions for Yorkshire families together with a number of civic portraits.

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