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Title: The perilous situation of "The Guardian" Frigate as she appeared striking on the rocks of ice - with the departure of the crew - and the wonderful intrepidity of the Commander Lieutenant Riou / [by Robert Dighton?]

Creator: Dighton, Robert

Location repository: State Library of New South Wales

Repository work id number: ML 1112

Title type: inscribed

Attribution qualifier: attributed to


Culture: English

Descriptive note: Mounted on mezzotint. Dated by the issue of mezzotint "TheGuardian Frigate, commanded by Lieutenant Riou..." of which this watercolour is either the original or a copy. Dighton has been suggested as the artist of this watercolour because it matches precisely a mezzotint engraving of the same image which has been said to be after Dighton (a copy of the mezzotint is also at ML 1112). it is not clear whether this watercolour is the original for, or a copy of, the mezzotint "TheGuardian Frigate, commanded by Lieutenant Riou, surrounded by islands of ice..." which was published in London by Carrington Bowles on 22 September 1790. The two images are virtually identical. Both are located at ML 1112. Both the watercolour and the mezzotint are numbered "599" Originally collected by the Carrington Bowles family, from an album of drawings bound by them, ca. 1830. Sold by a descendant in Sotheby's rooms, 30/4/1953. auctioned at Sotheby's, London, Thursday 10/3/88


Earliest date: c. 1790

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Inscriptions: Titled is inscribed in pencil below image and numbered '599' at lower left.

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Language: English

Latest date: c. 1790

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Materials techniques: pen and ink

Materials techniques 2: watercolour

Measurements: 25.0 x 35.0 cm

Object work type: drawing


Record source: PICMAN Catalogue (online)

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