A Cutter, with a View of South Sea Castle.
Published & Sold Jan.y 1, 1806 by Edw.d Orme, Printseller to the King, 59, Bond Street London.
Aquatint, printed on 1803 watermarked paper. 285 x 440mm (11¼ x 17¼").
Small boats off Southsea Castle, the fort built by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth. Plate 19 of the 'Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing' by Dominic Serres and his son John Thomas Serres, published during the Napoleonic Wars (and so perhaps explaining the coastal defences shown here). 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.
[Ref: 31898] £260.00