Skip to main content

Cammillieri Packet Portraits

Cammillieri Packet Portraits
Swiftsure
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.