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An English Man of War, taking a French Privateer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.1.66

  • Title (object)

    • An English Man of War, taking a French Privateer
  • Description

    A young sailor overtakes and takes by the right hand a young woman walking from left to right, carrying one of the arched-top coffers which were used by milliners. She wears a hat, long gloves, and a cloak bordered with ermine. The sailor is dandified, in spite of his striped trousers, jacket, and round hat; a bunch of seals dangles from his waistcoat, and he carries a thin cane under his arm.
    The background is the wall of a bridge over the Thames, it is surmounted by balustrades, through which is seen the river, and buildings on the opposite bank. A bill is posted on the wall, "All Able Bodied Seamen. . . ". 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 355 millimetres
    • Width: 255 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased]". Numbered bl. 454
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    Reproduced, C.N. Robinson, 'The British Tar in Fact and Fiction', 1909, p. 172.

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    Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 90.

    An impression of the print with Andrew Edmunds in 2015 was dated '4 June 1781'

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  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5951 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.66)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.1.66

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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