Etching, very scarce unfinished proof before letters. 440 x 560mm (17¼ x 22"), with very large margins Margins ragged, especially at bottom, hole in inscription area.
Several ships on a turbulent sea; on the shore in the foreground, men unload their fishing boats, a lighthouse and building in the distance on the left, a horse-drawn cart approaching the shore on the right. Unfinished engraving of 'the Fishery', the most famous work by marine painter Richard Wright (c.1720-c.1775). Versions of the painting are in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven. The scene won a premium of 50 guineas for Wright in 1764. Etched by John Browne (1741-1801), a pupil of the celebrated engraver William Woollett. This seems to be the first state of a print published in 1768 with Woollett named as sole engraver. Browne probably did the early work shown here, with his master completing the plate.
See ref. 19177 for Woollett's plate. Fagan: LXI i of vi.
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