No.5.; Hand-coloured. Depicts clothing, outerwear: dress, cook's [Royal navy]

Midshipmen were usually the sons of wealthy or aristocratic families training to become commissioned officers. They usually joined the Navy at the age of twelve to fourteen and can be easily identified by the white patch on the collar of their uniform which is still in use today. They were taught navigation, astronomy and trigonometry by the ship's schoolmaster as well as undertaking watches on deck when school hours were over. Rowlandson's original drawing for the figure here also appears to be in the collection (PAF5938), the backgound perhaps being added at the engraving stage.

Object Details

ID: PAF4970
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Ackermann, Rudolph; Merke, Henri Rowlandson, Thomas
Date made: 15 Feb 1799
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Primary support: 261 mm x 204 mm; Mount: 483 mm x 318 mm

Your Request

If an item is shown as “offsite”, please allow eight days for your order to be processed. For further information, please contact Archive staff:

Tel: (during Library opening hours)

Click “Continue” below to continue processing your order with the Library team.