print study / drawing
The Shipwreck, after the painting by George Romney, a preparatory drawing for the engraving by William Blake for William Hayley's 'Life of Romney', 1809, p 84; several figures on the wrecked boat, others in the sea with a horse. 1804 Brush drawing in grey wash, reinforced (?later) in graphite; squared for transfer
- Height: 135 millimetres
- Width: 179 millimetres
Romney's painting, now lost, showed the horseman Woltemad rescuing survivors from a shipwreck off the Cape of Good Hope.
British Roy PIV
1995 July-Oct, London, Tate Gallery, William Blake and his Patrons (no cat.)
13 June 1995
Reason for treatment
Lift, remove debris and adhesive (reduce stain TLC?), mount and stamp.
Edged down to thin overthrow mount, together with 1936-6-13-2, surface dirt, fragments of paper debris bottom margin, some stains, small skinned area off the centre to the R.
Lifted from mount by cutting guards with a scalpel, removed paper and adhesive debris by local application of distilled water and Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) with a brush and scraping with a scalpel, which revealed small skinned areas along lower edge. Supported skinned areas with Inoshi Japanese paper and Cellofas B3500 (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose), inlaid using strips of Inoshi Japanese paper.
- Associated Title: Life of Romney
When registering this drawing, Croft Murray added a note: ‘Perhaps from the collection sold at Sotheby’s, April 29th 1862, lot 178’. This was Frederick Tatham's sale, and Ford, perhaps a dealer, was the purchaser of this lot, which also contained a portrait of George Romney (untraced) (information from Morton Paley, 12 09). There is a letter from the Autotype Company in P&D archives, Letters Received: from W. M. Rouse, Managing Director of the Autotype company, 59 New Oxford Street, who wrote to A E Popham, the Keeper, on 27 May 1936 ‘Dear Sir, I duly received your letter of the 20th inst; in regard to the three drawings by William Blake which I left with you recently. In view of the fact that the original owner cannot be traced; my company will be pleased if your Museum will accept the drawings for addition to your collection.’ In his report to the Trustees about the three drawings (8 June 1936) Popham noted ‘These drawings are not of great importance, but any authentic addition to the collection of Blake is desirable.’
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