A Squadron of the Fleet making ready to sail, probably from Spithead, the ships' captains being rowed to the flagship to receive their orders pen and ink and watercolour 22.8 x 36.2cm (9 x 14 1/4in).
Alan Russett writes :- 'The composition, style, handling and technique I find quite typical, as would be the paper / image size. The ships of war all have the tall poops and high decorated sterns of the late seventeenth century which could indicate a contemporary artist. Serres was, however, an inveterate maker of drawings who possessed a large collection of van de Velde drawings, and it would have been entirely in character for him to draw, or copy drawings of such vessels from an earlier era.'
LITERATURE: Alan Russett, Dominic Serres, Woodbridge, 2001
We are grateful to Mr. Alan Russett for his assistance in cataloguing this lot and confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph.