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Ship-Building Plate CCCCXLIX

Date: 1840
Dimensions:
Overall: 273 x 210 mm, 0.008 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Steel engraving
Object No: 00019696
Place Manufactured:Edinburgh

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    Description
    This engraving is one of 15 published in 'Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Naval Architecture: Being the Article 'Ship-Building' in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Seventh Edition' written by naval architect Augustin F B Creuze and published in 1840.

    The engraving depicts two ships, first the HENRI GRACE À DIEU aka HENRY GRACE A DIEU (from a drawing in the Pepysian Collection), and second the Royal Navy ship SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS built in 1637 (from a painting by Willem van de Velde the Younger). The images are referred to in the encyclopaedia in the contex of the ship's representation:

    'There is a drawing extant in the Pepysian Library in Magdalen College, Cambridge, of the Henri Grace a Dieu, built by the order of Henry VII, which Charnock has engraved in his History of Marine Architecture, and argues as to the general authenticity of the representation. He says "this vessel may be termed the parent of the British navy. This celebrated structure, the existence of which is recorded in many of the ancient chronicles, cost the king, by report, nearly 14,000 pounds"' (p 12, 'Ship-Building', 1840).
    SignificanceThis engraving comes from the first edition of the separate book issue of Creuze's highly influential article on naval architecture.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: ENGRAVING OF SEVENTEENTH CENTURY CARRACK "HENRI GRACE A DIEU" AND BRITISH GALLEON "THE SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS", ENTITLED `SHIPBUILDING', PUBLISHED BY ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, STEEL ENGRAVING ON WHITE PAPER

    Web title: Ship-Building Plate CCCCXLIX

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