The Halsewell East Indiaman

Method Etching and aquatint
Artist Francis Jukes and Robert Pollard after Robert Smirke
Published London Publish'd by R. Pollard Engraver No. 15 Braynes Row, Spa Fields, March 17; 1786.
Dimensions Image 381 x 514 mm, Sheet 440 x 550 mm
Notes Dramatic image detailing the shipwreck of the Halsewell, an East Indiaman that was destroyed on the 6th January, 1786. At the beginning of a voyage from London to Madras, the ship was caught in a violent storm in the English Channel, and was driven into the rocks below a cliff on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Of the 240 crew and passengers, only 74 survived.

Captain Richard Pierce is shown embracing his daughters on the deck of the sinking ship, with various other figures shown clinging to the ship. Sailors can be seen in the surrounding waves, whilst in the distance, a few figures have climbed to safety on top of rocks.

Three lines of text beneath title, giving details on the shipwreck.

Francis Jukes (1747 - 1812) was a British engraver and very early specialist in aquatint. Based in London at 1 Great Marylebone Street (May 1783), 3 Howland Street (October 1784), 10 Howland Street (1787 - 1808), and 57, Upper John Street, Fitzroy Square (1797-1812), he sometimes published in conjunction with Sarjent.

Condition: Trimmed within plate mark and tipped to album page. Some faint foxing and discolouration, but not effecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £300.00
Stock ID 37787

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