C1881

Saluting the Squadron on Board the Nelson.

Scene depicting a gun crew on the frigate HMS ‘Nelson’ firing a 42 cwt 32 pounder gun in salute. A sailor in the left foreground is holding a lanyard which operates a fuse which in turn fires the gun. The … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Saluting the Squadron on Board the Nelson.

Date:

C1881

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

320mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Saluting the Squadron on Board the Nelson. - Antique Print from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

Scene depicting a gun crew on the frigate HMS ‘Nelson’ firing a 42 cwt 32 pounder gun in salute. A sailor in the left foreground is holding a lanyard which operates a fuse which in turn fires the gun. The hawser threaded through the cascobel prevents gun on recoil from travelling across the deck and over the side. In the background beyond the smoke from guns are the upper yards of a ship dressed overall (possibly the ship being saluted). The HMVS Nelson is signalling to three vessels, ‘The Inconstant’, ‘Carysfort’, and ‘Tourmaline’ who were anchoring in the Sandridge and Wiliamstown docks near Melbourne on their return from Simon’s Bay, South Africa where they were ready to assist with the Boer conflict.

From The Australasian Sketcher’, Melbourne, 4 May 1885,

Reference;  Australian War Memorial.

 

G.R.A. - George Rossi Ashton (1857 - 1942)

Ashton studied at the South Kensington School of Art and became a black-and-white illustrator for the London Graphic. In 1877-78 he represented the Illustrated London News at the Kaffir war and next year joined Julian on the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne; together they covered the capture of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan. He was among the first sketch-artists of the Bulletin, drew also for the Australasian Sketcher, the Illustrated Sydney News and the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and was art editor and artist for Victoria and its Metropolis. In 1886-88 he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales and the Australian Artists' Association (Victoria). In 1893 he returned to England where he continued to illustrate for various papers and toured music-halls with a lightning-sketch routine.

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