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Three plates printed in a row: on the outside portraits of Admirals Barrington and Howe after J S Copley, busts in roundels; the former three-quarters to right, glancing towards the viewer, wearing naval coat, one button fastened, with white hair, sky in the background; the latter in protile to left, head turned and glancing towards the viewer, wearing naval uniform, with white hair, sea and sky in the background; in the centre a scene at sea of the British fleet arriving to relieve Gibraltar, of which the rock is seen at the right . 1810
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Height: 175 millimetres
Width: 848 millimetres (overall)
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- The two portraits were engraved on one plate which was then cut in half. They were published as part of the engraved copy of Copley's painting 'The Siege of Gibraltar', commissioned in February 1783 by a Committee appointed by the Court of Common Council and completed in 1791. The medallions flanked the pendant to Sharp's picture, the 'Relief of Gibraltar', which he sub-contracted out to Dominic Serres and which was engraved by Pollard. Sharp also engraved the Siege, which was published on the 27th March 1810 with a key. See 1841,0313.51.
For more information on the painting and engravings, see Prown, Jules David: 'John Singleton Copley', (2 Vols, Harvard UP and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1996), Vol. II, Chapter XVI.
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- Associated Event: Siege of Gibraltar September 1782
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