A Yacht in a Light Breeze with a View of Harwich

Method Aquatint with hand colouring
Artist John Heaviside Clark and J R Hamble after Dominic Serres
Published Published & Sold April 2. 1806 by Edwd. Orme, Printseller to the King, 59 Bond Street London
Dimensions Image 412 x 253 mm, Plate 457 x 280 mm, Sheet 478 x 321 mm
Notes This print derives from the Liber Nauticus; one of the grandest English naval aquatint books ever published. The book, divided into two sections, was primarily informative and was intended to assist students at the Chelsea Naval School. The first section contained twelve copper engraved plates as well as five aquatints. The illustrations in this part were mostly comprised of ship details and unadorned portraits of various types of vessel. The second section, which held twenty four aquatinted plates, was more complexly composed and depicted the act of shipping in a variety of naturalistically rendered settings.

Dominic Serres (1722 - 1793) was born at Auch in Gascony, and educated at the famous Benedictine academy in Douai, being intended for the clergy. Instead, he escaped to sea, shipping as a common seaman to South America. He was captured by a British frigate and brought to England, where he met the marine artist Charles Brookin. In 1765 Serres became a member of the Incorporated Society of Artists, with which he exhibited for two years. On the establishment of the Royal Academy in 1768 he was chosen as one of the foundation members, and was a constant contributor up until the time of his death. Serres also served a brief spell as the marine painter to George III.

John Heaviside Clark (1771 - 1863) was a Scottish painter and draughtsman, who enjoyed considerable activity as an etcher for the coloured aquatint trade. Famed for his naval productions, and for the sketches he made after battles, he was known as 'Waterloo Clark.' Towards the end of his career, he was also the inventor of a portable diorama.

J R Hamble was a British aquatinter who was predominantly active between the years of 1790 - 1807.

Condition: Small tear to the left-hand side of the sheet. Platemark just about affected. Lettered below image with title in English and French around a naval crown. Inscription appears above image, and reads 'The Queen Charlotte Yacht with her Present Gracious Majesty on Board.'
Framing unmounted
Price £400.00
Stock ID 28171