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? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

St Cast, 1758

Perspective View of S.t Cast Bay, where the English Troops Reimbark’d, Sep:r 11,th 1758 c.1758

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 19.9 x 41.6 cm (image) | RCIN 732082

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A perspective view of St Cast Bay, 11 September 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63)

The attribution to John Cleeve Pleydell is made on stylistic grounds. This appears to be a rough sketch for, or copy of, RCIN 732081.

  • ? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters L V G below

    Mark, stamped: 871

    Condition: five fold lines

  • 14.5 x 41.6 cm (neatline)

    19.9 x 41.6 cm (image)

    21.7 x 43.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Perspective View of S.t Cast Bay, where the English Troops Reimbark’d, Sep:r 11,th 1758.

    Additional text:

    [below title, a key, 1-8, to the detail in the view:] References.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: S.Cas 11 Sep. 1758.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil, cropped:] 10/2[?]. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVI/24c; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, in Mason's hand?]: VIII/59.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cas, S.t A drawn Perspective View of S.t Cast Bay, where the English Troops re-embarked on the 11.th of Sept.r 1758.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany, France (48°37'49"N 02°15'27"W)

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