Resource/art: even more Naval caricatures (non-naughty)

24 June, 2007 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

By now you’re probably tired of 18th century caricatures – well, maybe the prospect of naughty ones coming up soon will keep you from running to the hills screaming. 😉

These here are non-naughty, but naval. Hope you’ll like them, the quality is not the best, as I couldn’t scan directly, but I think they’re still fun for you fellow RNotCbees. 🙂

Nelson

THOMAS IDLE

Thomas Idle
William Hogarth, 1747

Thomas Idle (according to the name on his sea chest!) is sent to sea by his exasperated master, after performing poorly as an apprentice weaver. He has cavalierly tossed his apprenticeship agreement into the ocean. His mother wipes away her tears while two other men jeer at him. One points towards a gallows on the shore where a corpse hangs and the other dangles a miniature cat-o’-nine-tails to indicate that he’s in for a whipping if he misbehaves on the ship. Unrepentant, Tom mockingly responds to their warnings by making the sign of the horns, the symbol of cuckoldry. Below the illustration, a Biblical quotation in a medallion comments on the scene, an excerpt from Proverbs 10:1, “A foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.”

DICK DOCK, OR THE LOBSTER AND THE CRAB

Old ship mates
Laurie & Whittle, 1806

Confrontation between two old sailors outdoor table of a tavern overlooking the port of Greenwich on the Thames River. Dick Dock, a wild-eyed man with a wooden leg, begins a drunken rant taunting a stranger about his maimed hand. The other man, Old Hannibal, replies that if he’s a lobster, Dock’s a crab, and that a man with a missing leg has some nerve spouting such insults. On hearing the name Old Hannibal, Dick Dock instantly regrets his words, realizing this is the man who had plunged into the water and rescued him from marauding sharks, who in the process tore at his arm. Hannibal, in turn, realizes that Dock is the man who successfully pleaded on his behalf to the enemy French sailors who boarded the ship in the aftermath of the shark incident. The two old sailors make up and end by toasting King George and Britain.

ADMIRAL NELSON RECREATING WITH HIS BRAVE TARS AFTER THE GLORIOUS BATTLE OF THE NILE

Nelson’s Nile Party
Thomas Rowlandson, 1800

This is supposed to be a “realistic” portray of the party aboard Nelson’s ship after the Battle of the Nile. I think it’s very obvious dear Nelson already had a glass or two too many… I love it!

PORTSMOUTH POINT

Rowlandson
Thomas Rowlandson, 1811

A typical day ashore… have a look at the many details, they will answer the question “… and what were sailors doing during shore leave…?” 😉

So far for the naval goodies, off to scan the naughties now.
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Resource: 18th century Royal Navy – mo(o)re on punshiment for buggery Resource/art: 18th/19th century e-ro-ti-ca

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