Bowl, transfer-printed in black with a portrait of George II after Worlidge inside. One side of the exterior shows a sea battle; a group with Britannia in the centre is depicted on the other side. She is seated amid naval trophies pointing to ragged boys, ushered towards her by a female figure with a speech bubble inscribed: 'For the Service of our Country'. Behind her three boys change into new seaman's clothes, one with a speech bubble: 'Marine Society'. The engraving appears in Jonas Hanway's 'Three letters on the subject of a Marine Society'.

The Marine Society was founded in 1756 by the philanthropist Jonas Hanway and others. It provided funds to kit out poor boy volunteers for sea, thereby both recruiting them for the Navy and removing them from the streets.

Object Details

ID: AAA4483
Collection: Decorative art
Type: Bowl
Display location: Display - Atlantic Gallery
Creator: Hancock, Robert; Hancock, Robert
Date made: 1756-1760; 1756-60
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
People: The Marine Society & Sea Cadets; King George II
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: overall: 69 x 162 mm

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