A Sloop, with a View of Calshot Castle.
Published & Sold Jan.y 1, 1806 by Edw.d Orme, Printseller to the King, 59, Bond Street London.
Aquatint. 285 x 440mm (11¼ x 17¼"). Repaired tear bottom on right.
A sloop passing Calshot Castle, near Fawley, Hampshire. A device fort, Calshot was built by Henry VIII to help defend Southampton, using stone from Beaulieu Abbey. Plate 18 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 (perhaps explaining the presence of Calshot Castle in this scene). 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: 31900] £180.00