[A seascape; ships saluting near shore.]
Mezzotint with etching printed in blue ink, 190 x 250mm. 7½ x 9¾". A fine impression.
Men on shore in the foreground, two drawing in a net, the other watching as a ship approaches a fortress on cliffs to left, with billowing smoke form its canons shrouding its sides. Other ships follow in a line behind, and another ship closer in to right has men putting off in small boats from either side. This vessel appears to be firing its canons in salute also. After Peter Monamy (1681 - 1749). London-born painter Monamy (he was born in the Minories and baptized at St Botolphs Aldgate) 'emerges with Samuel Scott as one of the two leading figures in the first generation of British marine painters [...] he worked industriously for at least forty years and has left us a rich heritage of paintings illustrating the nation's naval history in the first half of the 18th century' (E.H.H. Archibald, 'Dictionary of Sea Painters').
[Ref: 11704] £420.00