The Sailor's Pleasure
Printed for Carington Bowles, No. 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London.
Mezzotint with large margins. Platemark 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½").
A sailor returned to shore holds a glass aloft in one hand, and in the other a purse full of gold. Much money was to be earned during the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars, when even ordinary seamen shared in the proceeds of the sale of enemy ships captured by the Royal Navy. On the table are a punch-bowl and pipe. This print is a reduced copy of an earlier print. In the larger print (BM Satires 4496) there are also three letters addressed to courtesans on the table, and the following lines of verse in title area: 'When Storms and Tempests all are o'er / And Jack receives his Cash on Shore, / Then for his Doxies all he'll send, / What's dearly earn'd he'll freely spend'.
BM Satires 4496 (copy); Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 33813] £170.00