|Thomas Luny was born in London and studied under the renowned Francis Holman. He exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy in 1780 and continued exhibiting there throughout his career. He is believed to have joined the Royal Navy in 1793, retiring in 1810 disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis which forced him to paint with brushes strapped to his wrists. Even so, Luny was extremely prolific, listing more than 2,200 paintings in his account books between 1807 and 1837. It is estimated he created in the vicinity of 3,000 paintings during his lifetime, nearly all of them maritime subjects.