Frontispiece to Jonas Hanway, 'Three Letters on the subject of the Marine Society']J.B. Cipriani delineavit piaeque institutioni dicavit.
Engraving with hand-colouring, sheet 220 x 165mm (8¾ x 6½"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Scene demonstrating how the Marine Society recruited boys for sea service by providing them with clothing kits. Frontispiece to Jonas Hanway, 'Three Letters on the subject of the Marine Society' (1758). Hanway (bap.1712- d.1786) was a philanthropist and governor of the Foundling Hospital who founded the Marine Society in 1756 following the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, both saving the boys from poverty and solving the difficulties of recruitment at a time when the British navy was crucial to national trade and power. The 'Three Letters' was one of many pamphlet Hanway authored seeking support for his various causes. The Marine Society, now based in Lambeth, is still active in training for careers at sea.
See O'Connell, 'London 1753', Cat. 3.26; for uncoloured impression see ref.16252; for a portrait of Hanway see ref.23172; for a superb later print in aid of the Marine Society see ref.8851.
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