Wed, 25th Apr 2012 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Anzac)

 
  Lot 21
 

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AN EARLY 19TH-CENTURY ROYAL NAVAL OFFICER'S...

AN EARLY 19TH-CENTURY ROYAL NAVAL OFFICER'S ALBUM OF GREY WASH SURVEYING WATERCOLOURS PERTAINING TO THE MEDITERRANEAN
comprising approximately fifty closely-observed coastal elevations, each titled and located, with distinguishing features named, with views from locations including Sardinia; Majorca; Navarin; Corfu; Bonifacio; St. Lucia & St. Vincent, etc.; at the back, three worked-up washes of views, contained between original boards (mostly disbound) -- 5 x 10¾in. (12.5 x 27.5cm.); photocopies of service record

These very competent watercolours were made by Lieut. Alfred Miles (born 1796) who entered the Royal Navy as a First Class Boy in 1811. His first ten years were spent in various theatres before he joined the Adventure, a small surveying vessel Captained by Henry Smyth on the Mediterranean station, and surveyed the coast of Sardinia on 17th February 1825 for a passage to the West Indies. He spent the rest of his sea-going naval career surveying, but from 1833 he assisted at the Hydrographic Office at the Admiralty and reached the rank of Commander in 1846.

Sold for £7,440
Estimated at £1,500 - £2,000

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
AN EARLY 19TH-CENTURY ROYAL NAVAL OFFICER'S ALBUM OF GREY WASH SURVEYING WATERCOLOURS PERTAINING TO THE MEDITERRANEAN
comprising approximately fifty closely-observed coastal elevations, each titled and located, with distinguishing features named, with views from locations including Sardinia; Majorca; Navarin; Corfu; Bonifacio; St. Lucia & St. Vincent, etc.; at the back, three worked-up washes of views, contained between original boards (mostly disbound) -- 5 x 10¾in. (12.5 x 27.5cm.); photocopies of service record

These very competent watercolours were made by Lieut. Alfred Miles (born 1796) who entered the Royal Navy as a First Class Boy in 1811. His first ten years were spent in various theatres before he joined the Adventure, a small surveying vessel Captained by Henry Smyth on the Mediterranean station, and surveyed the coast of Sardinia on 17th February 1825 for a passage to the West Indies. He spent the rest of his sea-going naval career surveying, but from 1833 he assisted at the Hydrographic Office at the Admiralty and reached the rank of Commander in 1846.