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? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

St Cast, 1758

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

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 30.0 x 62.2 cm (image) | RCIN 732081

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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 is an accomplished rendering of terrain, and of perspective, by an officer who had taken part in the later years of the Military Survey of Scotland (1747-55).

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

  • Watermark: Cropped: fleur-de-lys in shield, a cropped ‘4’ below; countermark: JVILLEDARY

    Mark, stamped: 870

    Condition: four fold lines; formerly torn in half along central vertical fold; worn and torn along other fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration

  • 21.6 x 61.9 cm (neatline)

    30.0 x 62.2 cm (image)

    32.3 x 63.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Perspective View of S.t Cast Bay, where the English Reimbark’d Sept:r 11,th 1758. [below map]

    Additional text:

    [below title, a key, 1-9, to the details on the view:] References.


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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil:] 13; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 13/64; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] XVI/24; [top left, black pencil:] XVI/24.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cas, S.t A drawn Perspective View of S.t Cast Bay, where the English re-embarked on the 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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