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A Spanish Second Rate
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: aquatint; etching
Maker: Tomkins, Charles; Velde, Willem van de, II; Blacks & Parry
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1801
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 11 1/4 in x 18 in
Classification: naval architecture
Portrait of a ship after Van de Velde viewed from the quarter port side. On the tafferel is a relief of a noblewoman flanked by two putti raising laurel leaves. There are four gun-ports in the stern and on the port side protrude twenty-one gun-ports. The masts are shown, but without rigging. This print is from volume 2 or 3 of John Charnock's 'An History of Marine Architecture' (London: R. Faulder, 1800-1802). It was considered the most authoritative book on eighteenth-century shipbuilding published in England.