A Scene on the Main Deck of A Line of Battle Ship in Harbour (caricature)

Hand-coloured. Depicts: clothing, outerwear: uniform, midshipman's [Royal navy]
This scene depicts life on board a ship. During the Napoleonic Wars, sailors were rarely given shore leave in case they deserted, so they spent a lot of time on board. Here, sailors are playing cards. One sailor is reading a letter to another. Others are dancing to music from a sailor playing the fiddle. In the background there are two women fighting one another.

Object Details

ID: PAH7339
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: East, J. B.; Sutherland, Thomas
Date made: 1 Jun 1820
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 610 x 838 mm;Primary support: 420 mm x 668 mm

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