Lot 20: A Sixty Gun Ship at Spithead 1806 Aquatint
November 26, 2016
Otisville, NY, USALive Auction
A 90 Gun Ship at Spithead
Dom.K Serres R.A. del. J. Clarke & J. Hamble sculp. Edward Orme Excudit. Aquatint with large margins, printed on J. Whatman 1806 paper. An excellent example of period British Royal Naval history.
Aquatint - Very Nicely Colored
Jan. 1, 1806
Frame 24 x 18 1/2 Sight 16 x 11"
Warships in Spithead, the 90-gunner with gun ports open. Spithead is an area of the Solent desirable as an anchorage because it is protected from all winds except from the south-east. Plate 27 of the 'Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing' by Dominic Serres and his son John Thomas Serres, published during the Napoleonic wars. Both were marine painters to the king, and John was the Master of Drawing at the Chelsea Naval School and, according to the title page of the 'Liber', 'Marine Draught-man to the Honourable the Board of Admiralty'.
Some brown spotting that seems to be mostly on the glazing and not the print. Not taken out of the frame. We believe the print is in very good condition.
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