T. DUTTON after N. Condy
H.M.S. THUNDERER. 84 GUNS
A hand coloured lithograph by Dutton after the painting by Condy and
published by Day and Haghe circa 1850.
Thomas Dutton was an eminent draughtsman and lithographer of ships, yachts
and maritime subjects after both his own designs and those of his contemporaries.
He was based in London and worked for the lithographic publishing firm
of William Day whose business continued after his death in 1845 under
the name, Day and Son. These printing presses produced some of the most
memorable lithographs from the mid Victorian period and the majority of
Dutton’s output. The lithographs were often produced using a tint
stone and were offered for sale either with or without colour. Dutton’s
accomplished renderings of yachts, steamships, clippers and naval engagements
have come to epitomise the spirit of maritime excitement and adventure
that dominated the Victorian age. This was a period when Britannia ruled
the waves and British supremacy at sea was a cause for great pride.
HMS Thunderer was launched at Woolwich in 1831 and eventually sold in 1901.