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A Man of War towing a Frigate into Harbour

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Man of War towing a Frigate into Harbour
  • Description

    A sailor walking (right to left) arm in arm with a young woman, her right arm in his left. He wears striped trousers, and carries a cane. She wears a ribbon-trimmed hat, short petticoat with an over-dress draped above it at the back, and an apron. Behind are steps leading to a sea-wall, with ships. On the left are trees. 31 August 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 348 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and "Printed for & Sold by Carington Bowles, at his Map & Print Warehouse, No.69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London. Published as the Act directs [date erased from this impression]". Numbered bl. 459
  • 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. 296.

    (Supplementary information)
    For an impression with the date intact, see 2010,7081.1285


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5954 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.68)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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