[HMS Britannia at Dartmouth.]
Very large Drypoint etching, signed artist's proof, 475 x 705mm. 18¾ x 27¾". Creases, through upper left and lower right corners of plate.
An evocative view on the River Dart, Devon. This HMS Britannia to the right of the composition started life as HMS Prince of Wales. She was a 121-gun screw-propelled first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on January 25, 1860. The advent of ironclads had made her obsolete before launch, so she was placed in reserve and never fitted for sea. In 1869 she was renamed Britannia and began service as a cadet training ship at Dartmouth, replacing the previous Britannia in that role. She was hulked in September 1909, sold in September 1914, and broken up at Blyth in July 1916. David Law (1831 - 1901), etcher and landscape painter, born in Edinburgh; moved to London in 1850s, one of the founder of the Royal Society of Painters, Etchers, Engravers in 1881. Died in Sussex.
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