Item #CL181-17 Pair of Convict Ships
Pair of Convict Ships
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Pair of Convict Ships


(1) After Samuel Prout (Brit., 1783-1852). Prison Ship At Deptford, 1826. Engraving on chine collé, artist, date and title in plate below image, 19 x 27.9cm.

Text reads “Drawn by Sam’l Prout. Engraved by George Cooke 1826.” Held in British Library. One of the long boats has Prout’s name on the stern, another has his initials.

Transportation to various colonies, including Australia, became favoured in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries to ease the overcrowding of jails and the prison ships which had been used as an interim solution. Transportation to NSW continued until 1840, and most of the arriving convicts would have been housed in prison ships, otherwise known as convict hulks, prior to their journey. Ref: Wiki.

(2) E.W. Cooke (Brit. 1811-1880). “The Discovery.” Convict Ship (Lying At Deptford). The Vessel Which Accompanied Capt. Cook On His Last Voyage, 1829. Etching, artist, date and title in plate below image, 16.5 x 20.4cm. Trimmed to plate mark, foxing, discolouration, slight crinkles and wear to edges.

Text reads “Drawn and etched by Edw. W. Cooke 1828. London, published Feb. 1829.”

From the series Sixty-five Plates of Shipping and Craft. Held in NLA.

Item #CL181-17

Price (AUD): $990.00  other currencies

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