The Interior of a Midshipman's Birth (caricature)

Technique includes etching.; Hand-coloured. This scene of life aboard ship in the Navy demonstrates that even in cramped conditions leisure time was well used. Music is played on pipe and fiddle while the midshipmen drink from their earthenware jugs and cups. Others read or play cards to while away the time. Midshipmen were relatively privileged in this case, having a black mess servant to attend to them.

Object Details

ID: PAF3730
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Humphrey, George
Date made: 12 Aug 1821
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 404 mm x 558 mm

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