H.M.S. Barham passing the Sultans Palace on quitting the Bosphorus 12 August 1832.Time of shortening all plain sail manning yards & dressing ship 2½ Minutes.
Coloured lithograph. Printed area 330 x 350mm, 13 x 13¾". Slight scuffing in margins.
A fantastic image. HMS Barham leaving Istanbul, firing a salute before the Sultan's Palace, with the crew filling the yards and pennants flying from bow to stern. Lithographed by the famous Maltese artist Charles Frederick de Brocktorff (1775-1850) after James Kennett Wilson. Barham was launched in 1811 as a 74-gun third rate ship of the line. However, after nearly being wrecked near Bonaire in the Antilles in 1829, it was rescued and restored with only 50 guns. This view is one from a series depicting the voyage between England and Constantinople, starting 1831, which was of particular interest because one of the passengers was Sir Walter Scott: the writer has suffered a series of debilitating strokes and had been advised to seek warmer climes to recuperate. The Barham took Scott to Gibraltar and Malta before leaving him at Naples, from where he returned to Scotland overland to die at home in Abbotsford in 1832. At Constantinople they picked up Canning, the British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, who spent a decade on other postings before returning to Constantinople in 1842.
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