John Thomas Serres (British, 1759-1825) H.M.S. Thisbe off Dover ???
Lot 144
John Thomas Serres (British, 1759-1825) H.M.S. Thisbe running down the Channel under reduced sail in the choppy conditions, with other shipping nearby
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 2,912) inc. premium

Lot Details
John Thomas Serres (British, 1759-1825)
H.M.S. Thisbe running down the Channel under reduced sail in the choppy conditions, with other shipping nearby
pen, ink and watercolour
26.7 x 36.8cm (10 1/2 x 14 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Thisbe was one of the large 'Enterprize' class of sixth rates designed in 1770 and laid down in different yards over a thirteen year period. Built by Thomas King at Dover and launched in November 1783, Thisbe was completed after the American War of Independence had ended but nevertheless spent the next ten years mostly in North American waters. Originally mounting 28 guns, this was reduced to 18 in 1799 and the following year (1800), she was converted for trooping. After taking troops to Egypt in 1801, she was later employed in the expedition to the River Plate in 1807. Made guardship at Woolwich in 1808, she remained there until sold out of the service in 1815.

    We are grateful to Alan Russett for confirming the attribution on the basis of a photograph.

Saleroom notices

  • This is believed to show H.M.S. Thisbe.
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