Night & a Ship on Fire. | Nuit & Vaisseau en feu.
Published 12th.May 1794. by Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London.
Hand coloured copper engraving. Plate 290 x 381mm. 11½ x 15". Trimmed close to the platemark. Some damage on left.
A ship in the harbour aflame, with onlookers from every angle, and a small boat trying to salvage what they can and escape the flames, 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').
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