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The Consultation (of officers)
An illustration for Falconer's 'The Shipwreck' (1811, page 97). The seventh of a series of ten, of which the collection holds nine (PAF5913-21). The printed description of the plate based on it, probably written by Pocock, reads: ' Storm. The Ship laying to, under bare poles. The Chart is spread on the Cabin Table; ALBERT is describing on it the Ship's Track and Situation, with that of the adjacent Shores, and is consulting RODMOND and ARION on the expediency of veering the Ship and scudding before the Wind, which he is inclided to do. RODMOND dissents, and prefers the continuing to lay to. ARION appears to agree with ALBERT. PALEMON, who is supporting himslef by the Mizen-Mast, listens ...and casts his eyes in dismay on his friend ARION'.
Realistic cabin scenes of any sort are rare and this is a very good one, by a former seaman, of the interior of a merchant ship's main cabin, with the officers poring over a chart of southern Greece. Signed by the artist and dated 'January 1810', lower right. For further details on 'The Shipwreck' see the first of the series, PAF5913.
Original size: 259 mm x 337 mm
- Image reference: PW5918
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London