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Twelve views of His Majesty's ships, &c. in different situations [graphic].

[London] : Printed for and sold by Carington Bowles, no. 69 in St. Paul's Church Yard, London, published as the Act directs 19 May 1783.
Physical Description:
12 prints : engravings ; plate marks 18 x 28 cm, on sheets 23 x 35 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2013 39
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Title from top margin of print 1.
"Book 28" of 31 sets of prints published by Carington Bowles, 1771-1785. A contemporary advertisement for the series notes: "Various sets, or books, of beautiful and entertaining prints, on half sheets of fine demy paper; containing 12 prints in each. Price 3s. plain, or 8s. each book, finely coloured. Printed for and sold by the proprietor Carington Bowles, at his map and print warehouse, no. 69, St. Paul's Church Yard, London."
Bowles, C. Carington Bowles's new and enlarged catalogue of useful and accurate maps, charts, and plans. London, 1784, page 139
BAC: British Art Center copy unbound, in contemporary (?) brown paper wrappers. Uncolored. Housed with the 30 other sets of prints in this series. With the printed advertisement (1 sheet) listing the 31 sets.
Subject Terms:
Frigates -- Pictorial works.
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Pictorial works.
Ships -- Pictorial works.
Engravings -- 1783.
Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793, publisher.

  • 1. The Nymph frigate passing the Round Tower on Portsmouth Point, on her leaving the harbour; with a view of Spit-head, and St. Helen's at a distance
  • 2. A Commodore's ship close haul'd in a French Gale, passing the Eddystone light house
  • 3. Captain MacBridge in the Artois, taking two Dutch privateers on the Dogger Bank
  • 4. The Acteon frigate running into Portsmouth Harbour, after being on shore upon the shingles; with a view of Blockhouse Fort, and the Isle of Wight at a distance
  • 5. A man of war in distress lying too under a balance mizen stay-sail in a storm at sun set
  • 6. A view of the Texel, a Dutch sea port on the coast of Holland, with a ship on fire by night
  • 7. A calm, with ships at anchor drying their sails after wet weather
  • 8. The Arethusa Frigate scudding under foresail in a storm, with a view of Plymouth, and Maker Church at a distance
  • 9. The Active Frigate in stays, in a light breeze, off the back of the Isle of Wight
  • 10. Landing necessaries on a raft, in a calm after a storm, from a wreck left on a rock at low water
  • 11. The Ajax. a man of war, sailing into Portsmouth Harbour, with a view of South Sea Castle
  • 12. Paying a sloops bottom, with a view of a dock yard in Southampton River by moon light.

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