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Print made by Gerard van der Gucht, 1696–1776
after Samuel Scott, 1701/2–1772
and George Lambert, 1700–1765
commissioned in 1732 by East India Company, 1600–1874
Materials & Techniques:
Line engraving with hand coloring in watercolor on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 18 x 23 1/2in. (45.7 x 59.7cm)

Inscribed in graphite, on verso, lower right: "K13393"


Lettered below image: "Painted & Delineated by Lambert | & Scott"; below: "London, Printed for Carington Bowles in St. Pauls Churchyard, Robt Sayer in Fleet Street, & John Bowles in Cornhil."; center: "Tellicherry"; lower right: "Engrav'd

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
clouds | flags | lawn | longboat | marine art | masts | people | pulling boats | rigging | sailboats | seamen | shed | Shores | sky | trees | walls
Associated Places:
Arabian Sea | India | Kerala | Thalassery
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IIIF Manifest:

Fort St. George was established by the East India Company on the west coast of India in 1639. The fort, and the city of Madras that developed around it, became one of the most important trading stations in India. The area around Madras (present-day Chennai) initially attracted both the Portuguese and the Dutch, who had settled in the region before the arrival of the English East India Company in the early seventeenth century. The first English settlement was officially established when a fortified enclosure was completed on St. George’s Day, April 23, in 1640. The eighteenth-century city of Madras developed through the gradual assimilation of Fort St. George into the so-called “Blacktown” inhabited by Tamil- and Telugu-speaking merchants, Armenians, and Indo-Portuguese. This was the East India Company’s principal settlement in India until 1774, when Calcutta was officially declared to be the seat of the government.

Gallery label for Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-09-09 - 2016-12-04)

Spreading Canvas - Eighteenth - Century British Marine Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-09-09 - 2016-12-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Hilda F. Finberg, Samuel Scott, Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, V. 81, London, 1942, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also available online at JSTOR [YCBA]

Eleanor Hughes, Spreading Canvas : Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, p. 204-05, cat. 66, no. 66, ND 1373.G74 S67 2016 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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