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The Death of Lord Robert Manners, who greatly fell, when Commanding the Resolution of 74 Guns, in the Ever Memorable Action fought in the West Indies, on the 12th of April 1782....

  • ARTIST: Thomas Stothard

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Thomas Macklin, London. Engraved by John Keyes Sherwin & Charles Sherwin after the painting by Stothard.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving

    DATE: 1786

  • EDITION SIZE: 16 11/16 x 23 " (423 x 585 mm) plus wide margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: On 12 April 1782, Admiral Rodney's British fleet defeated the French Navy, lead by the Count De Grasse, at the Battle of the Saints, (off the coast of Dominica) in the West Indies. Although the British Fleet suffered few losses during the engagement, two revered captains were killed in the skirmishes. One of which was Lord Robert Manner who lost his life while in command of the Resolution, a 74 gun frigate. Manner’s is shown here lovingly cradled in the arms of his crew; the rush of battle surges within the image, but time seems to have stopped around the captain’s fallen body. This dramatic engraving was scraped by John Keyes Sherwin and his brother Charles Sherwin, after one of Thomas Stothard’s most important paintings. John Keyes Sherwin learnt the art of engraving from Bartolozzi, the master stipple engraver. He studied painting and drawing at the Royal Academy Schools, earning a gold medal for an historical painting in 1772. His frequent submissions to the Royal Academy earned him a reputation as a painter of considerable talent and garnered him much fashionable patronage. Although he worked as both a draughtsman and engraver, it is for his skills as a printmaker that he is best known. In 1785 Sherwin was appointed engraver to the King and the Prince of Wales, becoming one of the most successful printmakers in London. Sherwin’s excellent prints display the artist’s natural skill with the burin; their fluid lines and compelling textures are nothing short of magnificent and they immediately capture the attention of the viewer. Throughout his career John Sherwin was assisted by his brother Charles Sherwin, who prepared the plates and filled in the background details.

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  • CONDITION: Good condition. Black & white.

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