Edwin Hayes R.H.A. was an English and Irish marine artist who painted in oil and watercolour. He was born in Bristol in 1819, and died in London in 1904. He first exhibited his work at the Royal Hibernian Academy (R.H.A.) in 1842, and was especially known for painting seascapes in Ireland, England, Belgium, Holand, Fance, Spain, and Italy.
The painting exhibited is an outstanding topographical 19th century marine, by Edwin Hayes, depicting steam and sail. The sea is particularly well painted, as well as the sailing ships and steamer. This is a historically interesting painting, with Kronborg Castle in the background, which was an inspiration for Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.