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A Fleet of Transports under Convoy

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  • Title (object)

    • A Fleet of Transports under Convoy
  • Description

    A man (left) leads by a rope the foremost of a crowd of prisoners sentenced to transportation who follow him from left to right. The two foremost are bearded Jews. Behind comes a knock-kneed youth taking a pinch of snuff; a man behind him is gnawing a large bone. There are ten prisoners in all. The background is part of the façade of Newgate prison. 9 November 1781
    Hand-coloured mezzotint


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  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 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]". Numbered at bottom left 465
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
    At this time the transportation of convicts had temporarily ceased, owing to the American war, and hulks in the Thames were used as a substituted

    (Supplementary information)
    The publication date was given on another impression seen by Dorothy George. Dighton's original watercolour for this print from the collection of Mr Jeffrey Rose was sold at Sotheby's, 23 February 1978, lot 19.
    See also the reduced version: 2010,7081.1807


  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 5957 bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures I p.196)

  • Exhibition history

    2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
    2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Apr-Jun, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
    2001 Jun-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England

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Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat).  9 November 1781  Hand-coloured mezzotint

Satire: FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat). 9 November 1781 Hand-coloured mezzotint

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