Seamen painting a jolly boat [Bray album]

No. 9 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049)

A drawing signed 'AdVprGB July 74' (to the life by Gabriel Bray) showing two men working on a jolly boat (the smallest boat warships generally carried), which has been propped up on its starboard gunwale for convenience. Many of the Navy's boats were built at Deal in Kent, where it had a boatyard for the purpose and where Bray is thought to have come from. Since this is clearly a shore scene and Bray appears to have been in Kent at this time (see PAJ1983), that may be the location.

This is one of 73 drawings by Bray (plus one signed 'NF 1782') preserved in a 19th-century album. They have now been separately remounted. Bray (1750-1823), was second lieutenant of the 44-gun ‘Pallas’ under Captain the Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) – later a well-known admiral – on two voyages (1774-77) to report on British interests in West Africa, including the slave trade. The dated drawings refer only to the first of these, from December 1774 to September 1775, though a few may be from the second. Others comprise country views, some of Deal, Kent, and others of social-history interest.

Object Details

ID: PAJ1984
Collection: Fine art
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gabriel Bray
Date made: Jul 1774
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund
Measurements: Sheet: 157 x 186 mm; Mount: 312 x 478 mm

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