A view of the dock gates at Portsmouth taken from the Navy Coffee house window, December 1774
No. 19 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049). The view appears to be along the Dockyard wall towards the Hard, with one of the waterfront taverns on the left, stall-holders selling produce and two men possibly playing knucklebones on the paved street surface in the foreground. The title and date are inscribed below with the signature 'AVprGB' (to the life by Gabriel Bray) and the drawing was done just before Bray sailed for Africa from Portsmouth in December 1774. This is one of 73 drawings by Bray (plus one signed 'NF 1782') preserved in a 19th century album that was purchased for the Museum by the Macpherson Fund of the Society for Nautical Research in April 1991. They have now been separately remounted. Bray (1750-1823), was second lieutenant of the 44-gun 'Pallas' under Captain the Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819)
Original size: 148 mm x 200 mm
- Image reference: PT1994
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund
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