John Raphael Smith after William H. Bunbury 'Portsmouth 1783'
'H.M.S Edgar Sailors on Leave'
Original engraving 1783
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'From a sketch taken at Portsmouth by W.H.Bunbury Esqr.'
(Sailors on shore)
original mezzotint depicting sailors from H.M.S Edgar on leave ashore, H.M.S. Edgar saw action in the American Revolutionary War and was to become guardship in Portsmouth Harbour in 1783.
J. R. Smith
W. H. Bunbury
London published June 24th 1783 by J.R.Smith, King St., Covent Garden.
John Raphael Smith; 1752 –1812, English painter and mezzotint engraver, son of Thomas Smith of Derby, the landscape painter, and father of John Rubens Smith, a painter who emigrated to the United States.
William Henry Bunbury; 1750-1811, English caricaturist, the son of Sir William Bunbury of Mildenhall, Suffolk. He was educated at Westminster School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, after completing his studies at Cambridge University he began to draw caricatures, one of the greatest satirical artists of the day with his etchings. He was also friends with Thomas Rowlandson, who later engraved many of Bunbury's designs and was a contemporary of James Gillray.
An original mezzotint printed in black ink, the print having fine detail and textures. The image measuring approximately 34 cms. x 37 cms. (13 ½ x 14½ ins.) printed on an early laid paper sheet measuring 37 cms. x 43 cms. (14 ½ x 17 ins.) trimmed to within the platemark as was the practise.
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Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and the sheet is good, with an overall age toning, paste residue to the reverse and soiling and handling marks condusive with age.