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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 152

    Julius Caesar Ibbetson (Leeds 1759-1817 Masham, Yorkshire)

    Sailors carousing in the Long Room at Portsmouth

    Price Realised  

    Julius Caesar Ibbetson (Leeds 1759-1817 Masham, Yorkshire)
    Sailors carousing in the Long Room at Portsmouth
    oil on panel, unframed
    11¾ x 16 in. (29.9 x 40.8 cm.)


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    Another version of this work, painted in 1802 and dedicated to the 'Sailor Prince', later King William IV (1765-1837), can be found in the National Maritime Museum, London, described in Rotha Mary Clay's bipography of Ibbetson (London, 1948, p.48).
    The painting is thought to be a retrospective celebration of the Battle of the Glorious First of June 1794 as it relates to an earlier watercolour by Ibbetson of a similar scene, dated July 1794. Many inns, such as that depicted in the present work, had 'long rooms', a phrase to describe their largest public space. Among the sailors carousing can be seen a seaman in the opening to the left with a boatswain's whistle, carried aloft on a chair. There is a group of three sailors in the centre left foreground pretending to 'fry' their watches, a game deriving from a celebrated incident in 1762 when, after capturing a Spanish galleon, seamen were so loaded with plunder they were recorded as frying watches.

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    Provenance

    with James R. Lawson Ltd., Sydney, 1956.