The Progress of a Midshipman exemplified in the career of Master Blockhead in seven plates [lettered to the single sail of boat in foreground].
Pubd. by G. Humphrey 27 St. James's St. London 1820.
Hand-coloured aquatint and etching, first state; 215 x 285mm, 8½ x 11¼". A fine impression, full margins and fresh colour. Stain on right.
The mast slants across the design backed by a sail bellying in the wind. Mr. B. sits miserably with closed eyes astride a spar, to which he has tied his right thigh. His right arm encircles the mast, and to his wrist is tied an open book inscribed 'Wilt thou upon ye high & giddy mast scale the ship (?) bays O yes & rock his brain.' Lettered below the design with 'dialogue' between our hero and a Lieutenant (on the deck below, and well out of vision). From a set of seven naval satires plus titlepage designed for George Cruikshank by Captain Frederick Marryat (1792 - 1848). He served during the First Anglo-Burmese War, 1825-26; his satirical prints are signed with an anchor. Marryat's design in water-colours and pen is in the B.M.; 'Mr. B' is without his book.
[Ref: 20476] £140.00