FRANCIS SARTORIUS THE YOUNGER
1781 – London - after 1808
Francis Sartorius the Younger was part of the dynasty of sporting painters of German origin. He was the second son of John Nost Sartorius (1739-1829) and grandson of Francis Sartorius (1733/4-1804). His elder brother John Francis Sartorius (1779-1831) followed the sporting art tradition, while his other brothers Charles (1794-after 1821) and George William (fl.1773-1779) were marine and still life painters respectively.
Francis exhibited marine paintings at the Royal Academy from 1799 to 1808. He may have died shortly after 1808, as no later dated paintings by him are known. Sartorius specialized in storm scenes, naval voyages and actions, particularly featuring the daring of the Royal Navy’s frigates, for which there was enthusiastic demand in the years of the Napoleonic Wars. In the earlier stages of the war Napoleon’s armies had swept almost unchallenged across Europe and the morale of Britain was kept alive by the successes of the Royal Navy. Those who took part in the actions commissioned paintings of them, while public demand was assuaged by popular prints.
Sartorius painted detailed, highly accurate views of naval actions which have an intense sense of drama. Seven of his works are in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.