A Ship Named 'Diaspora'
A Ship Named 'Diaspora'
A Ship Named 'Diaspora'
A Ship Named 'Diaspora'

© the artist. Image credit: Shetland Museum and Archives (Shetland Amenity Trust)

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The piece is inspired by Robert Louis Stephenson's 1879 observation about emigration, 'There is nothing more agreeable to picture, and nothing more pathetic to behold'. First class passengers enjoy themselves on the comfortable and roomy upper decks, while emigrants make do in the dark, confined spaces of steerage, while a stowaway hides himself in the cargo deck.

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A Ship Named 'Diaspora'






H 166 x W 123 x D 3 cm

Accession number

ART 2019.21

Acquisition method

commissioned, 2007

Work type



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