antique prints, maps and watercolors

"Man of War towing a Frigate into Harbour" Carington Bowles, London [31 August 1781]. $2,200.00

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"A Man of War towing a Frigate into Harbour"

"A Sailors's life is a pleasant life, He freely roams from shore to shore;
In every port he finds a wife: What can a sailor wish for more."

Carington Bowles (1724-1793) was an influential British engraver born to a family of publishers and as such he understood print culture in England in the 18th century. His many drawings of everyday life reached a large audience. Although he and his firm were best known for creating accurate and detailed maps and views, it was his satirical pieces that endeared him to the public.

This satirical print is one of a series that matched naval terminology with courtship. The sailor or "Jack" sports a standard round hat and a preposterously large blue bow, his shore going clothes. His lovely companion is prettily dressed and is certainly enjoying her stroll through a lovely garden with potted bushes, marble stairs and manicured green grass.  The mezzotint is printed on laid paper and brightly hand colored with gouache.

Fabulous and entertaining 18th century engraving. Perfect for the nautical "It"couple.

Mezzotint engraving with old hand color on laid paper.
17.5 x 11.5 inches sheet size.
Full untrimmed margins.
Excellent original condition.