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Creator:
Thomas Rowlandson, 1756–1827
Title:

The Return of the Fleet to Great Yarmouth in 1797

Additional Title(s):

The Return of the Fleet to Great Yarmouth after the Defeat of the Dutch in 1797

Date:
1797
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and pen and black ink on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 10 3/4 x 17 inches (27.3 x 43.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower right: "Rowlandson, Del."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1986.29.468
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
beach | boats | children | chimney (architectural element) | crowd | flags | fleet | horse (animal) | houses | marine art | men | military art | pier (marine landing) | planks | ships | water | women
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Great Yarmouth | Norfolk | United Kingdom
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:2109
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In this watercolor Rowlandson celebrates Admiral Duncan’s victory over the Dutch navy at Camperdown on 11 October 1797, a victory which prevented the soldiers of Revolutionary France from landing in Ireland to aid an anti-British insurrection. Admiral Duncan took six Dutch ships captive and brought them back to the port of Great Yarmouth on England’s east coast. Rowlandson apparently hurried to the port to draw them as they were brought into berth, joining many others who crowded the streets to catch a glimpse of the naval heroes. A print after this drawing was issued just twelve days after the battle to cash in on the patriotic fervor.

Gallery label for Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17)

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-06-09 - 2008-08-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (The State Hermitage Museum, 2007-10-23 - 2008-01-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007-07-11 - 2007-09-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Thomas Rowlandson (Art Services Int'l) (The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1990-06-23 - 1990-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Thomas Rowlandson (Art Services Int'l) (The Frick Art Museum, 1990-04-21 - 1990-06-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Thomas Rowlandson (Art Services Int'l) (The Frick Collection, 1990-02-10 - 1990-04-08) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Baskett, The drawings of Thomas Rowlandson in the Paul Mellon Collection, Brandywine Press, New York, 1978, pp. 67-68; illus. facing p. 197, no. 208, NJ18 .R79 B38 (LC) Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elisabeth Fairman, Pleasures and pastimes, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, 1990, p. 13, no. 80, DA485 F25 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John T. Hayes, The art of Thomas Rowlandson, Art Services International, Alexandria, Va., 1990, pp. 162-63, no. 67, NJ18 .R79 H375 1990 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Kokuritsu Seiyo Bijutsukan, English landscape painting of the 18th and 19th centuries, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc., Tokyo, 1970, no. 82, ND1354.4 .E5 1970 (LC) (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mathew Thomas Payne, Regarding Thomas Rowlandson, 1757-1827, his life, art & acquaintance , Hogarth Arts, London, 2010, pp. 194-95, Pl. XVII, NJ18 R79 P39 2010 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale Center for British Art, Great British watercolors : from the Paul Mellon Collection, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007, pp. 61-62, no. 25, ND1928 .Y35 2007 (LC)+ Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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