The People of Gibraltar
1850 - Vilhelm Knut Frederik Melbye - Artist

Melbye was born in Denmark in 1824. A brilliant maritime artist he finish his career in 1880 as a Professor in Copenhagen. It has been said that his paintings can almost be used as a travelogue to his career during which he must have spent some time on the Rock or nearby. His paintings of the Rock are too perfect to have been done without actually having seen the place, although he does seem to have hit on the time saving device of painting the same ship more than once but changing the scenery - or painting the same scenery and changing the ship.

Melbye went to London in the 1850s and changed his first name to Wilhelm. His attractive paintings of maritime Gibraltar and its Straits date from 1840s-60s. Here are a few of them.


Shipping off Gibraltar


Congested shipping lanes in the Straits of Gibraltar


Gibraltar from the eastern beaches


Royal Naval warship running through the Gut 


Off Gibraltar ( detail )


 Spanish Xebex and other Commercial Craft off Gibraltar at Sunset


Steamer off Gibraltar


Ships off Gibraltar


The Rock of Gibraltar


Sailing ship off Gibraltar