A Snow, with a View of the Sound & Mew Stone.
Published & Sold Jan.y 1, 1806 by Edw.d Orme 59, Bond Street London.
Aquatint with small margins. 285 x 440mm (11¼ x 17¼").
A 'Snow' in Plymouth Sound, with the Mew Stone. In his 'General History of the Pyrates' Daniel Defoe wrote: 'Snow: the largest of all old two-masted vessels. The sails and rigging on the main mast of a snow are exactly similar to those on the same masts in a full-rigged ship; only that there is a small mast behind the mainmast of the former, which carries a sail nearly resembling the mizzen of a ship'. Plate 21 of the 'Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing' by Dominic Serres and his son John Thomas Serres. Both were marine painters to the king, and John was the Master of Drawing at the Chelsea Naval School and, according to the title page of the 'Liber', 'Marine Draught-man to the Honourable the Board of Admiralty'.
Abbey Life 345.
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