Fishing Boat Repairs, Essaouira, Morocco

About this Painting

Essaouira (pronounced 'essa-weera', or 'es-Sweera' in Arabic) is Morocco’s main fishing port located on the Atlantic coast.  In 2014 I visited Morocco, using Marrakech as my base. During my stay, I rented a car for 3 days and used it to visit the High Atlas Mountains and also Essaouira, where I had a most enjoyable day exploring the old city.  The city dates back to pre-historic times and the current fortified port dates back to the 18th Century and contains numerous narrow alleyways and an extensive souk.

When I visited, the harbour had numerous docked fishing boats of varying sizes and a bustling fish market selling a wide variety for seafood from numerous small outdoor market stalls. There was also a boat yard with several boats undergoing repairs. When I arrived a large blue fishing boat was being hauled out of the water.  Once it was secured on the ramp, a team of workers dressing in waterproofs swarmed around the boat scraping barnacles and dirt off the hull. It looked like hot and dirty work.  I immediately knew that I wanted to paint this scene and took numerous reference photographs that formed the basis of this painting.

I also noticed that my favourite dog, Oscar had found his way in the boat yard and was intently watching the activity.

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Size of original: 16" x 20" (41cm x 51cm)

Acrylic on Canvas

Painting Reference Number: 194

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  • £6,770 (framed)
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Painting - Fishing Boat Repairs, Essaouira, Morocco

Fishing Boat Repairs, Essaouira, Morocco

by Richard Harpum MA

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