A View of the Frigates Stationed in the Hope under the Command of the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House.To the Right honourable William Pitt Colonel, Joseph Cotton Lieut. Colonel, John Travers Major, The Captains, Officers & Volunteers of the Trinity House Royal Artillery Corps, this Print is inscribed by their obedient Servant. William Daniell. Over the Heroine & Lunite are introduced a part of twenty armed vessels furnished to Government by the East India Company for the defence of the Coast from 26 to 16 Guns, The Modeste is removed rom the line to admit of a free passage for the Trade. Dedalus Capt.ns Sir Robt. Preston & Chapman, Vestal Capt.ns Reed & King, Retribution Captns. Pelly & Deffell, Iris Capt.ns Easterby & Hubbart, Herione Lieut. Colonel Cotton, L'unite Captn. Woolmore, Modeste Captns. Barton & Fraser, Quebec Capt.ns Calvert & Laurens, Kings Yacht Sir Harry Burrard Neale, Solebay Major Travers & Captn Curtis, King's Yacht Captn. Grey, Rexource Capt.ns Brown & Sealy. Trinity Yacht.
No. 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, London. Jan.y 20. 1804.
Coloured aquatint 740 x 455mm. Backed to support. Slight fading in colour, minor discolouration in margins, minor damage out outer edges of sheet well outside plate mark
A fleet of frigates stationed off Gravesend forming a blockade of the Thames at a time of threat of attack by Napoleonic France. William Daniell (1769–1837), was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey, son of a bricklayer who owned a public house called The Swan in Chertsey. Daniell’s future career was dramatically changed when he was sent to live with his uncle Thomas (1749–1840) after the premature death of his father in 1779. His uncle was an artist and later Royal Academician, and William became his pupil. Uncle and nephew left Britain in April 1785 to voyage throughout China and India. In Calcutta in 1791, they held a lottery of their combined paintings, using the proceeds to continue their travelling and sketching. They returned to Britain in 1794, where they put their experiences to use in exhibition-size oil paintings. Daniell’s ‘View of the East India Fleet in the Sunda Strait’ reflects his travels, and in 1819 he published an illustrated book A Picturesque Voyage to India by way of China. He made sketching tours throughout the British countryside, publishing A Voyage Around Great Britain (1814–25). Around this time, in 1821, he was elected a Royal Academician. His shipping scenes, such ‘A Bird’s-Eye View of the East India Dock at Blackwell’ (National Maritime Museum, London), were supplemented by greatly admired battle pieces. In 1825, he won a prize of Ł100 for a pair of the ‘Battle of Trafalgar’, exhibited at the British Institution. He continued to work until his death 12 years later.
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