Deck scene showing capstan, mast and ropes, with sailors relaxing in the background
The present album of pencil drawings and watercolours represents a departure from the sobriety of Streatfeild's activities as a curate and antiquarian. It begins with a few pencil studies: a bridge, trees and animals, but is largely made up of a group of scenes aboard ship, presumably taken from life. The collected vignettes and caricatures offer a humorous glimpse of life on board ship, as passengers find their sea-legs and the crew carry out their duties. Curiously, none of the drawings include any suggestion of a port or coastline, or any other indication of where the ship was sailing from or to. However, it seems likely that the images record the voyage of a packet boat crossing the English Channel or North Sea.
Reverend Thomas Streatfeild (1777-1848)
Original size: 80 mm x 168 mm
- Image reference: PZ4319-001
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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