Thomas Dutton after Oswald Brierly
H.M.S. St. Jean d'Acre, 101 GUNS
26 x 19½ inches
A magnificent lithographic print on wove paper with original hand colour. Lithographed by Thomas Dutton after the painting of Oswald Brierly and published by Rudolph Ackermann in the Strand, London in 1854.
The scene depicts Jean d'Acre off the Irish coast surrounded by other ships that are named: Leopard, Queen, Prince Regent, Imperieuse, London, Duke of Wellington and Agamemnon. As such it is a fabulous evocation of British maritime strength during the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. Jean d'Acre was the first two deck warship to be commissioned by the Royal Navy with 101 guns. She was launched in 1853 and went straight into action in the Crimean War where, in 1855, she joined the Fleet in the Black Sea. Further commissions saw her in the English Chanel and the Mediterranean before being finally broken up in 1875.