|William Huggins first learned about ships and the sea by serving as a steward with the British East India Company in the India and China Trades. In 1814 he returned to London and became a full time marine artist. As a result of his great ability King William IV named him official marine painter to the court in 1836. His works were also eagerly sought by the general public as he was well known and popular throughout his career. A highly prolific artist, Huggins’ detailed ship portraits and maritime scenes provide an important record of British maritime activity in the early 19th century.