Skelt's Views. No 11. The Ajax, a Man of War, sailing into Portsmouth Harbour, with a View of South Sea Castle.
Engraving, rare. 175 x 280mm, 7 x 11".
HMS Ajax was launched on 23 December 1767 at Portsmouth Dockyard. She was designed by William Bateley, and was the only ship built to her draught. She saw extensive action in the War of American Independence, taking part in the Battles of Cape St. Vincent, the Chesapeake, St. Kitts and the Saintes. An insurance document dated 1835, held in the National Archives, lists 'Matthew and Martin Skelt, 11 Swan Street Minories, copper plate printers, publishers and dealers in prints, stationery and fancy ornaments'.
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