An English Frigate and Other Shipping in the Solent off Calshot Castle

An English Frigate and Other Shipping in the Solent off Calshot Castle

undated
John Cleveley the younger
Watercolor and pen and gray ink on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 10 1/4 x 15 inches (26 x 38.1 cm)

This watercolor captures the light of a breezy day, with its patches of sunshine and seagulls wheeling overhead. The freshness of the representation belies its geopolitical significance: the round tower built by Henry VIII at the opening of the River Solent, farther along the south coast, had been in nearly constant use as a defensive structure since the sixteenth century, and, as the smoke from its chimney and the activity around it suggest, was in use into the later eighteenth century.

B2008.30.30
Inscribed in artist's hand in pen and black ink lower left: "J. Cleveley"
Signed in artist's hand in pen and black ink lower left: "J. Cleveley"
Yale Center for British Art, The U Collection. In appreciation of Choh Shiu and Man Foo U, loving parents, and Dorothea and Frank Cockett, dear friends