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Prince William son of Henry I endeavouring to save his sister Matilda after being Shipwrecked

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  • Title (object)

    • Prince William son of Henry I endeavouring to save his sister Matilda after being Shipwrecked
  • Description

    The prince standing on a boat at left, holding on to the mast and passing a rope out towards the woman on rocks at right, the wind whipping her clothes around her, a body slumped over the rocks beside her and another survivor with hands clenched in prayer; oval design with frame, after Charles Benazech, illustration to 'Ashburton's History of England'. 1792
    Etching and engraving


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  • Date

    • 1792
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 212 millimetres
    • Width: 309 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with title, production detail: "Benezach del.", "Sanders [sic] Sculp." and publication line: "Published by W & J Statford, No. 112 Holborn Hill, March 3. 1792", above image: "Engraved for Ashburton's History of England"
  • Curator's comments

    The printmaker's name is written here as Sanders but another plate engraved for the publication reads Saunders (see 1915,0218,18), assumed to be J Saunders. As this is a more likely printmaker, and Sanders is a common mis-spelling of Saunders, both plates have been attributed to him. A re-engraved version of the plate as1872,0113.125 is inscribed 'Saunders'.


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    British Masters Portfolio

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