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Object: Sailing among the Hebbrides
Series: Picturesque Beauties of Boswell. Part the Second.
Three men on the deck of a small sailing-vessel. Boswell, his knees flexed, stands in profile to the left holding the end of a rope and looking at Col, in Highland dress, who holds up his finger admonishingly. His Scots cap flies from his head, his coat-tails blow in the wind, his ink-pot dangles from his neck, his 'Journal' is under his left arm. A sailor (right) stands in back view leaning against the side of the vessel. Beneath the title is correctly transcribed the passage beginning: '"As I saw them all busy doing something, I asked Col, with much earnestness what I could do"', and ending, '"Thus did I stand firm to my post, while the wind and the rain beat upon me, always expecting a call to pull my rope." Vide Journal 349.' 15 May 1786
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Height: 254 millimetres
Width: 272 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
From the famous account of the departure from Skye, when the vessel was forced to run before the wind to the island of Col. On the advertisement the title continues, 'the Journalist holding a Rope's end'.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 197.
One of a set of twenty plates, 1864,0309.167 to 186, bound together in an album along with letterpress handbills listing the prints and prices for each part (10s. 6d.).
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