[The Racehorse and Carcass Forcing Through the Ice, August 10th, 1773.]
[London, W. Bowyer and J. Nichols for J. Nourse, 1774.]
Engraving, proof before title, Cleveley's name misspelt. 255 x 295mm, 10 x 11˝". Old ink monogramme in title area.
An attempt to find a North East Passage, under the command of Captain the Hon. Constantine Phipps. The ‘Racehorse’ and ‘Carcass’ set sail in June 1773 to find ‘a passage by, or near, the North Pole’ north of Russia. By early August the ice had closed about the ships north of Spitsbergen and preparations were made to abandon them and escape in the boats. However, a shift in the wind broke up the ice and freed the ships. Nelson was a midshipman on the ‘Carcass’. John Cleveley, who does not appear to have joined Captain Phipps on his voyage to the Arctic, produced the study for this print (now in the British Museum) from a sketch by Philippe d'Auvergne. Published in Phipps's 'A voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's command 1773' .
For Cleveley's study, see BM registration number 1888,1211.2
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