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- Object: An English Man of War, taking a French Privateer
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
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Height: 355 millimetres
Width: 255 millimetres
- 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.
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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