Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18
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Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18
Sold for £3,750 (US$ 6,018) inc. premium

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Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18 Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875) 18
Crimean War. An interesting collection of watercolours and manuscripts, Capt. George Goldsmith (1806-1875)
On board HMS Sidon, screw Frigate, in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Comprising: a collection of three watercolour sketch books detailing views in the Crimea including Sevastopol and Balaklava, together with two manuscript notebooks by Goldsmith detailing events 1854-55, Captain Goldsmith's letter book on board the Britannia 1852 and Sidon 1852/56, plus copies of his Naval orders received 1854-55, including the notice of the Declaration of War with Russia and detailed instructions concerning the landing of French troops of the invasion force. Together with another eleven watercolour sketch books from Goldsmith's naval career on the Mediterranean and African coasts, North America and China stations and some domestic scenes covering a period approximately 1828-60. With a manuscript book of amusing writings. (18)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Admiral Goldsmith and family by direct descent.

    George Goldsmith, born 24th August 1806 at Upper Deal, Kent. He joined the Royal Navy on 20th June 1821 and was made Lieutenant in 1828, serving in the Mediterranean, Spain and Africa. Moving to the East Indies, he was promoted Commander in 1841 and took part in the 1st Anglo-Chinese War. Raised to Captain in 1842, he served initially in North America and the West Indies, before joining the Mediterranean Fleet and taking part in the Crimean campaign, after which he returned to the UK, becoming Superintendent of the dockyard at Chatham. He was created Companion of the Bath for services in the Crimea and was promoted Vice Admiral in 1867, and Admiral in 1875. He died at Charlton in Kent on 2nd July 1888 and is buried at Woolwich.

    HMS Sidon was a First class Paddle Frigate, launched at Deptford in 1846. She served in the Mediterranean and Black Sea under Captain Goldsmith during the Crimean War (1854-55). At the beginning of 1854 she blockaded the coast from Kavarna to the Danube and then assisted the French forces during the invasion, before sailing to monitor the Russian Fleet off Odessa. At the end of 1854 she bombarded a column of 12,000 troops and sustained damage from a Russian rocket in return. Sold out of the service, she was broken up in 1864.
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