Engraving - A Royal Navy Milling Match Between Decks, 1820
Engraving - A Royal Navy Milling Match Between Decks, 1820
Engraving - A Royal Navy Milling Match Between Decks, 1820
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Engraving - A Royal Navy Milling Match Between Decks, 1820

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Overall: 34.5cm (13.5in) x 44cm (17.3in)

 

Hand-coloured etching by William Elmes (fl.1804-1816). Published by Thomas Tegg. Sheet: 24.5cm x 34.5 cm.

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Two Jack Tars stripped to the waist face off astride musket chest to which they are lashed, with fists clenched. Other sailors look on with amusement or fierce intent. Behind the white pugilist stands a trollop clasping a bottle, and saying: "Now Jack—Brail up his Peepers or Mungo —will tip you Yankey-dodle-do." A Lieutenant R.N. wearing single epaulette to the right shoulder (in accordance with 1812 dress regulations) and a cocked hat, rests his elbow on her shoulder. In the foreground a cheery black sailor kneels near another sitting on a gun smoking and drinking. To the upper right a ‘wife’ looks down at the fight from a hammock. On the right two disreputable-looking women are fighting, egged on by two sailors. In the background a sailor dances with two women; he says: "I love a bit of hop—Life is ne'ar the worse for it. When in my way do drop—a Fiddle—thats your sort." A one-legged man seated on a second enlivens the scene with scraping of his fiddle.