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  • Title
    Item 01: 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 / [possibly by Robert Dighton]
  • Call number
    ML 1112 (a)
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1790
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - pen, ink and watercolour - 25 x 35 cm, mounted with the mezzotint
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Dated by date of issue of mezzotint "The Guardian 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 "The Guardian 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.
    Digital order no:a1528527
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    title is inscribed in pencil below image and numbered `599' at lower left
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