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Cammillieri Packet Portraits

Cammillieri Packet Portraits
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall (NMMC) is fortunate in owning six Packet Ship portraits by the noted pierhead painter Nicholas Cammillieri (1773? - 1860). These were all painted in Malta in the first half of the 19th century.

Who was this artist? Why did he paint these pictures and what exactly is a pierhead painter?

In this series of articles NMMC Volunteer and Bartlett Library researcher, Ron Hawkins, reviews the pictures, the artist and the work of pierhead painters in general.