A sailor's return in peace
A sailor greets his wife with a kiss on returning home from sea, surrounded by their family. See BHC1125 for the original oil (or a preparatory version). This is one of a set of four plates of effectively the same size and vertical format celebrating 'the British sailor', issued by Smith after Stothard with the same official 1798 publication date. They comprise three similar group shipboard scenes - 'Sailors in a Fight' (PAH7352), 'Sailors in a Storm' (PAH7353) and 'Sailors in Port' (PAH7355) - and this rather different one of a sailor's return to his family (PAH7354). The first two of 'Fight' and 'Storm' are mezzotints but for reasons yet to be explained the other two are aquatints.
Thomas Stothard (artist)
Original size: 612 mm x 515 mm
- Image reference: PY7354
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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