[This View of the Royal Dock Yard at Chatham...PROOF . ]
[R. Paton, Wardour Street., Soho, London, 14 February 1775. ]
Rare etching, working proof from the unfinished plate, laid paper. Image 450 x 650mm, 17¾ x 25½". Trimmed within plate, and to image on three sides. Centrefold crease and nicks to extremities.
An interesting progress proof impression, before the plate was engraved with fine detail. The published state carries the following full title and inscription "TO THE King's most Excellent Majesty, This View of the Royal Dock Yard at CHATHAM. / Is by PERMISSION and with all Humility, Inscribed By His MAJESTY's most dutiful Subject and Servant, / Rich.d Paton. / [far left] Printed by Hocquet. Size of the Picture 4. ft 10. in by 3. ft 4. in / Publish'd by Royal Authority & as the Law directs London Feb.y 14.th 1775. To be had of R. Paton Wardour Street, Soho. " A fine prospect of Chatham dockyard, Kent, bustling with activity: ships on the water, some in in dry-dock on the far shore, a skeleton of a ship being built to the right of them; carpenters and blacksmiths working on the near bank in the foreground. Two men try to drag a pig across a plank over a gully (lower left) to where people are loading food and drink onto a small ship. The busy docks stretch along the river bend witht he infantry barracks and the Commissioner's House centre right. Richard Paton (1717 - 1791) painted five views of the royal dockyards, in the Royal Collection, in all of which the figures were painted by John Hamilton Mortimer. In 1776 he exhibited at the Royal Academy the views of Rochester and of Deptford docks.
See NMM PAH9712. See BL Maps K.Top.16.42.c. DNB.
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