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Cabin Council Pr 6d
Cabin Council Pr 6d [A Late Epistle to Mr. C[levlan]d]
[Published by Matthew Darly c.1756]
Etching with original hand-colouring, sheet 160 x 205mm (6¼ x 8"). Trimmed to platemark on three sides; lacking letterpress as originally published. Very scarce.
Satirical print originally published as part of the broadside 'A Late Epistle to Mr. C[levelan]d', one of many satires on John Byng's failure to relieve the French siege of Minorca. In 1756 Byng, as Admiral of the Red, was sent to prevent the French from taking Port Mahon, a mission which ended in his arrest, conviction by court martial, and death by firing squad for failing to engage the French. The scene here is a council of war in Byng's cabin, in which the various officers resolve to return to Gibraltar. Originally published with letterpress text from Samuel Butler's 'Hudibras' and a letter purporting to be from Byng to John Cleveland, written en route from Minorca to Gibraltar.
BM Satires 3358
[Ref: 43824]   £260.00  
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Twenty Thousand I've got___ How Lucky's my Lot.
Twenty Thousand I've got___ How Lucky's my Lot.
[after ?Robert Dighton]
Printed for Bowles & Carver / No. 69 St Pauls Church Yard, London, Publish'd as the Act directs [date excised] 326
Mezzotint with hand-colouring and large margins, platemark 150 x 110mm (6 x 4½").
A Royal Marine clutches a bag of prize money labelled '£20,000'. Much money was to be earned during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, when even ordinary seamen shared in the proceeds of the sale of enemy ships captured by the Royal Navy, although £20,000 is probably an exaggeration. . Probably one of many 'droll' mezzotints made from the designs of Robert Dighton (1751-1814), who after the death of John Collet in 1780, became the foremost designer of such images, particularly for Carington Bowles.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CLB iii/iii; for another droll after Dighton see ref. 32347
[Ref: 32359]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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'Tis Comical I know ___ To have all this Rhino.
'Tis Comical I know ___ To have all this Rhino.
[after Robert Dighton]
Printed for & Sold by Bowles & Carver, / No. 69 St Pauls Church Yard, London. [n.d., after 1800]
Mezzotint with fine hand-colouring, sheet 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A sailor clutches bags of prize money, containing thousands of pounds. Much money was to be earned during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, when even ordinary seamen shared in the proceeds of the sale of enemy ships captured by the Royal Navy. Ships are visible through a window on left. This is believed to last of three states in which the print was published: the first in 1796, the second in 1800, and this final state with the publication line removed.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in BM Satires
[Ref: 32347]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Admiral Hosier's Ghost.
Admiral Hosier's Ghost. To the Tune of Come and listen to my Ditty. As, near Potro Bello lying / On the gently swelling Flood,/ At Midnight with Streamers flying/ Our triumphant Navy rode [...]
C. Mosley sculp [1740]
Scarce etching and engraving, sheet 395 x 270mm (15½ x 10½"). Trimmed around image and text; repaired tears and creases. Laid on album sheet.
The ghosts of Francis Hosier (1673-1727) and his crew appear to a ship carrying Edward Vernon (1684-1757) and his men, at Portobelo in Panama. Hosier led an unsuccessful unsuccessful expedition to the Spanish Caribbean (1723-27) and was in the course of a blockade of Portobelo when a virulent fever broke out and killed Hosier and 4000 men. Vernon succeeded where Hosier had failed, taking Portobelo in 1739, but, in line with the omens of this print, Vernon's initial success turned into eventual failure by the time of his return to England in 1742. This print was occasioned by the poem printed below, by Richard Glover, 'a blatantly political piece which sought to misrepresent Hosier's fate to support then current attacks on the Walpole government, ascribing his death to his resentment at the inactivity forced on him by government orders and his inability to prevent the devastation of his fleet by disease' (DNB).
BM Satires 2422
[Ref: 39672]   £420.00  
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An Irish plot or Steering by Chance.
An Irish plot or Steering by Chance.
[by Charles Williams.]
Pub,d August 1812 by Tho.s Tegg No 111 Cheapside.
Coloured etching. 250 x 350mm (9¾ x 13¾"). Small tear entering title area, old repair on verso, slight spotting in margins.
Three figures on the after-deck: a naval officer pointing with a telescope to the left, looks round at a rough-looking elderly sailor who holds the helm, to say: 'Now en't you a pretty fellow for a Pilot? to see Land and not know where we are!'. The man answers: 'Och my dear Jewel! only shew me the Old head of Kinsale, and I'll tell you where we are to an Inch!'. A capable-looking sailor (left), hauling at a rope to reef a sail, looks towards the pilot with angry contempt.
[Ref: 40602]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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The Isle of Man_the Rocks of Scilly at a distance.
The Isle of Man_the Rocks of Scilly at a distance.
Printed for Carington Bowles No. 69 St. Pauls Church Yard, London.
Engraving. Sheet: 175 x 250mm (7 x 9¾"). Trimmed and laid on an album sheet. Creasing.
A transformation print: an island of the Scilly Isles which can also be visualised as a shipwrecked sailor washed up on the beach. The Scillys were a notorious trap for ships entering the English Channel before the Longitude Problem was solved. Indeed the Longitude Prize was initiated after the loss of Sir Cloudesley Shovell's squadron there in 1707.
[Ref: 46209]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Jack and his Doxey.
Jack and his Doxey. 1.a Sailor_Shiver my Timbers Jack, what not gone a Board yet_2.nd Sailor_No Damme Messmate_'han't spent all my Money yet_I can't get through it no way, yet I goes on Merrily, keeps a nice Girl and a Fidler d'ye See_1.st Sailor, again_Splice my Old Wig Jack, that won't do_Keep two Girls and two Fidlers as I do_that's your Sort my Boy. 247.
Published 20.th Oct.r 1800 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.
Etching with large margins. Plate 199 x 246mm (7¾ x 9¾"). Paper toning, crease.
A sailor in a shore town greets a fellow sailor in front of a tavern and converse about the pleasures of shore leaves. A smiling young woman dances with her hands on her hips as a man plays a fiddle. Another woman sits close to another man a table outside in front of the tavern window. From the Laurie & Whittle series of social satires.
[Ref: 28862]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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[A masquerade scene Kensington Gardens.] Jack on a Cruise. A Missey in ye Offing.
[A masquerade scene Kensington Gardens.] Jack on a Cruise. A Missey in ye Offing.
Sam: Sharp-Eye del.t ad vivam. J. Bretherton fec.t.
[Publish'd as the Act directs 2d July 1772, by J. Bretherton N° 134 New Bond Street.]
Etching. Sheet 210 x 185mm (8¼ x 7¼"). Trimmed, losing title and publisher's line.
A figure, wearing a woman's hood and cloak over very voluminous skirts but with a sailor's trousers bow legs, bears down on an unsuspecting young woman. A dog barks at the disguised sailor.
BM Satires 5083, suggesting the artist was Bunbury.
[Ref: 41779]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Just Tow.d into Port.
Just Tow.d into Port. Presented with No.15 of the Star, Nov.r 25th. 1837.
F. Alvey, Contractor, 128, London Rd.
Lithograph. 291 x 228mm. 11½ x 9". Small tear to right-hand side. Toning around the edges.
A young sailor having returned from sea peers around the corner at a beautiful young maiden standing on the street.
Ex Norman Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 18675]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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A Knight of the Spit.
A Knight of the Spit.
Pubd by M Darly Jan 20 1774.
Etching, 250 x 180mm (9¾ x 7").
A naval officer standing in profile on a crenulated fortification, his hat under his right arm. In his right hand is a telescope; in his left a long cane. Beyond is the sea, ships at anchor, with a view in the distance of the Isle of Wight; part of cannon to left. Probably Admiral Thomas Pye (1708 - 1785), commander-in-chief at Portsmouth 1770-73, knighted during the review at Spithead, 24 June 1773. From an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.3' upper left and '18' upper right.
BM Satires: 5263.
[Ref: 14507]   £320.00  
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[Much A Do About Nothing.
[Much A Do About Nothing. To Besiege a Strong Fort with no Men to Defend it / Sure none but a Richelieu could ere have Pretend it...]
[Publish'd According to Act & sold at the Corner of ye WEst Passage of ye Royal Exchange in Castle Alley. July 1756.]
Rare etching, sheet 175 x 270mm (7 x 10½"). Trimmed to image, losing text above and below; glued to backing sheet.
One of many satires on Admiral John Byng's failure to prevent the French from taking Port Mahon in the Battle of Minorca (1756). Byng is on the right, a broken sword at his feet and a 'Gib-Halter' around his neck (Byng was court martialled and executed by firing squad on 14 March 1757). On the left a Frenchman points to Mahon, referring to it as 'Port my-own'. In the centre is Admiral Edward Hawke who replaced Byng (who was brought back to England under arrest following the loss). Despite his own best efforts, however, Hawke could not recover the island, and returned to England, unsuccessful, at the start of 1757.
BM Satires 3368; for other satires on Byng see refs 30779, 30736 etc
[Ref: 41563]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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Manning the Navy [&] Ancient Modes of Manning the Navy
Manning the Navy [&] Ancient Modes of Manning the Navy Engraved for the Carlton House Magazine.
[Published by W. & J. Stratford (?), 1794]
Two engravings, each platemark approx. 180 x 115mm (6¾ x 4¼"). Small margins.
Two prints published in the 'Carlton House Magazine', reissuing (in two parts) a print first published in the 'Attic Miscellany' in 1790 (see BM Satires 7753), showing a press-gang at work on Tower Hill (the Tower of London and ships on the Thames can be seen in the background). Press warrants were issued in May 1790 on account of naval preparations against Spain.
BM Satires 8447 (Manning the Navy); 8501 (Ancient Modes).
[Ref: 45863]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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The New Art of War at Sea now first practis'd by the English Ships under the Command of the Prudent Admiral Bung
The New Art of War at Sea now first practis'd by the English Ships under the Command of the Prudent Admiral Bung [...] Most Hum-bug-ly Insrib'd to our Great & Good Allies, their High Mightynesses, as a Method Entirely New & never before practic'd by Britons.
Pr. 6d. To be had at the Golden Acorn facing Hungerford Market in the Strand.. [May 20th 1756]
Engraved broadsheet, sheet 225 x 380mm (8¾ x 15"). Tears to edges; slight crease through centre.
Satire on the Battle of Minorca, lost by the British under the command of Admiral Byng. This satire recommends Byng's execution, which subsequently came to pass, although he was executed by firing squad rather than the method suggested here, which is to attach the Admiral to the 'Mast of the Phoenix then to set her on fire, & with a fair Wind, send her into the Enemies Fleet'. The battle plan at the top of the sheet contrasts the 'old way' of combat with Byng's 'new manner' of staying at a great distance from the enemy. Captan Andrews and the French Admiral La Gallissonnière are also referenced.
BM Satires 3354
[Ref: 30779]   £320.00  
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The Battle of the Nile.
The Battle of the Nile.
G Cruikshank rec.t
London Pub.d July 1st 1825 by J. Robins & Co Ivy Lane
Etching with fine hand-colouring, sheet 185 x 250mm (7¼ x 9¾").
The parlour of 'The Jolly Sailor'; a gathering of old sailors, most of them wounded, one of whom relates a description of Nelson's victory at the Nile. Paintings of naval engagements on the walls and a publican observing. Illustration, by George Cruikshank, to Matthew Henry Barker, 'Greenwich Hospital; a Series of Naval Sketches, descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man'.
For Barker's 'Greenwich Hospital' see ref. 21740.
[Ref: 43845]   £85.00   (£102.00 incl.VAT)
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Paid Off.
Paid Off.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Etching. Plate: 100 x 155mm (4 x 6"). Small margins.
A scene showing a sailor, recently paid celebrating with a large glass of wine and a woman at his side. Next to him lie his belongings alongside a bird cage and a monkey on a perch.
[Ref: 45964]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Progress of a Midshipman exemplified in the career of Master Blockhead in seven plates [lettered to the single sail of boat in foreground].
The Progress of a Midshipman exemplified in the career of Master Blockhead in seven plates [lettered to the single sail of boat in foreground].
[F. Marryat's anchor monogram.] G Cruikshank sculpt_.
Pubd. by G. Humphrey 27 St. James's St. London 1820.
Hand-coloured aquatint and etching, first state; 215 x 285mm, 8½ x 11¼". A fine impression, full margins and fresh colour. Stain on right.
The mast slants across the design backed by a sail bellying in the wind. Mr. B. sits miserably with closed eyes astride a spar, to which he has tied his right thigh. His right arm encircles the mast, and to his wrist is tied an open book inscribed 'Wilt thou upon ye high & giddy mast scale the ship (?) bays O yes & rock his brain.' Lettered below the design with 'dialogue' between our hero and a Lieutenant (on the deck below, and well out of vision). From a set of seven naval satires plus titlepage designed for George Cruikshank by Captain Frederick Marryat (1792 - 1848). He served during the First Anglo-Burmese War, 1825-26; his satirical prints are signed with an anchor. Marryat's design in water-colours and pen is in the B.M.; 'Mr. B' is without his book.
[Ref: 20476]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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A Sailor at a Quakers Funeral.
A Sailor at a Quakers Funeral.
Woodward del. Cruikshanks sp.
[London: T. Tegg, c.1810.]
Hand coloured etching, sheet 220 x 320mm. 8¾ x 12½". Trimmed into plate, to image on three sides.
Social satire: a Quaker stands by an open grave in a large walled graveyard, with clasped hands, eyes sanctimoniously turned up. A grave-digger leans on his spade watching him with puzzled distaste. The Quaker: "Verily the spirit at length beginneth to move me - Alas! there is no happiness on this side of the grave." A disgruntled sailor who stands opposite him asks: "Why then you Lubber, dont you come on this side?" A second Quaker stands behind the first, hands clasped, looking down. On the extreme left a woman in a Quaker's bonnet weeps, puting her handkerchief to her eyes. Behind the sailor and on the extreme right is another mourner, also puzzled and unsympathetic. A skull lies beside the open grave, grinning up at the Quaker. After George Moutard Woodward (c.1760 - 1809), etched by caricaturist Isaac Cruikshank (1764 - 1811), father of Isaac Robert and George.
BM Satires: 10902. Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18477]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Sailors at a Quakers funeral.
Sailors at a Quakers funeral.
[After Isaac Cruikshank, c.1810]
Hand-coloured etching, sheet 235 x 330mm (9¼ x 13"). Trimmed inside platemark; small tear to bottom edge.
Quakers, sailors and a gravedigger stood by an open grave. Copy of an etching after George Moutard Woodward (c.1760 - 1809), etched by caricaturist Isaac Cruikshank (1764 - 1811), father of Isaac Robert and George.
See BM Satires 10902; for Cruikshank's etching see ref. 18477.
[Ref: 47197]   £260.00  
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The Sailors Fleet Wedding Entertainment.
The Sailors Fleet Wedding Entertainment. Jack, rich in Prizes, now the Knot is Ty'd, Sits pleas'd by her he thinks his maiden Bride But tho a modest Look by Molly's shown, She only long for what she oft has known...The Skimmington Observe, Mirth to provoke Sam points the Horns, with many a bawdy Joke. For Spouse's Cloaths the Baity's Crew are seen, And change, oh sad Mishap! the jovial Scene.
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament November ye 10, 1747. Price 6d by M. Cooper [but later.]
Engraving. Plate 230 x 310mm. 9 x 12¼" Glue stains in corners of margin.
This print shows the wedding feast, taking place by the look of it in a pub. A very amusing and long verse at the bottom suggests that the groom has perhaps not married quite the innocent young lady that he had imagined! According to the BM account, the men in the doorway are Bailiffs, sent to recover the cost of the brideís outfit ! Full of interesting social detail. The table shows glasses, candlesticks and a punchbowl. The print is also very interesting as being published by Mary Cooper, who apparently took over running her husbandís business in Paternoster Row.
BM Satires: 2875.
[Ref: 26683]   £380.00  
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Tom Tack's Ghost.
Tom Tack's Ghost. I Courted Polly of Spithead, / And ax'd her to be married; / At first she was most cruel kind [...] 38
London, Pub. by T. Tegg 111 Cheapside, Feb. 7 1808
Etching with hand-colouring, platemark 270 x 205mm (10½ x 8"). Trimmed to platemark on right.
Etching illustrating a popular song (the words to which printed below) in which a sailor recounts how he shot Tom Tack, a rival for his love Polly, only to be tormented by his ghost. As the illustration shows, the 'ghost' was Tom Tack, not dead but wearing a white sheet to disguise himself. Etching by Charles Williams, one of a number of prints in this format by Williams and his contemporary Thomas Rowlandson published by Thomas Tegg circa 1808-9.
[Ref: 43919]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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