Tue, 8th Nov 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Torch')

 
  Lot 62
 

62

A UNIQUE ALBUM OF CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOURS OF...

A UNIQUE ALBUM OF CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOURS OF THE FRIGATE H.M.S. JASON BY THE SHIP'S CARPENTER, AND BOUND IN MONKEY SKIN, CIRCA 1805
compiled by Thomas Harris and comprising ships drawings, manuscript on paper, 7 watercolour drawings of ships' details, the second one with a Union Jack and an early 19th century pen and ink drawing of a figure, and 5pp describing ordnance Dementions of 1st Rate 110 Guns 2764 Tons, etc. Bound exotically in monkey skin, a little worn, contained in a recessed space in a modern green morocco chemise, c.1805. With an inscription on the inside cover of the book: This book was written and drawn by Thomas Harris cabinet maker, of Shrewsbury. He was formally ship carpenter to the Jason frigate and made a model of it which I bought. He gave me this book at that time about June 1836. The binding is made of the skin of a monkey be brought from Jamaica -- 4½ x 3¾in. (11.5 x 9.5cm.)

The Jason was a 32-gun fifth rate Thames Class frigate, launched Woolwich 1804, she became flagship to Admiral Alexandre Cochrane in June 1805 and, serving in the Leeward Islands, enjoyed a lively career. Capturing several French and Spanish vessels (including the Naiade after a nine hour chase), she was handed over to Capt. Thomas John Cochrane (the Admiral's son) and continued much as before. Frigate actions, reducing batteries, and surviving an attempted mutiny whilst in New York, her last acts were to serve as escorts to the restored French King, Louis XVIII, and the Prussian and Russian Emperors during the peace negotiations that heralded the end of the Wars in 1815. Worn out, she was broken up shortly afterwards.

Sold for £3,720
Estimated at £3,500 - £4,500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
A UNIQUE ALBUM OF CONTEMPORARY WATERCOLOURS OF THE FRIGATE H.M.S. JASON BY THE SHIP'S CARPENTER, AND BOUND IN MONKEY SKIN, CIRCA 1805
compiled by Thomas Harris and comprising ships drawings, manuscript on paper, 7 watercolour drawings of ships' details, the second one with a Union Jack and an early 19th century pen and ink drawing of a figure, and 5pp describing ordnance Dementions of 1st Rate 110 Guns 2764 Tons, etc. Bound exotically in monkey skin, a little worn, contained in a recessed space in a modern green morocco chemise, c.1805. With an inscription on the inside cover of the book: This book was written and drawn by Thomas Harris cabinet maker, of Shrewsbury. He was formally ship carpenter to the Jason frigate and made a model of it which I bought. He gave me this book at that time about June 1836. The binding is made of the skin of a monkey be brought from Jamaica -- 4½ x 3¾in. (11.5 x 9.5cm.)

The Jason was a 32-gun fifth rate Thames Class frigate, launched Woolwich 1804, she became flagship to Admiral Alexandre Cochrane in June 1805 and, serving in the Leeward Islands, enjoyed a lively career. Capturing several French and Spanish vessels (including the Naiade after a nine hour chase), she was handed over to Capt. Thomas John Cochrane (the Admiral's son) and continued much as before. Frigate actions, reducing batteries, and surviving an attempted mutiny whilst in New York, her last acts were to serve as escorts to the restored French King, Louis XVIII, and the Prussian and Russian Emperors during the peace negotiations that heralded the end of the Wars in 1815. Worn out, she was broken up shortly afterwards.