HMS Victory in Portsmouth Harbour
An albumen print showing a view of shipping in Portsmouth Harbour, including Lord Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory. Various watermen and their vessels can be seen in the foreground.
An inked inscription in a period hand in the lower margin identifies the location.
Built in 1765, the ship is best known for her role as Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. In 1831 the Admiralty ordered her broken up but this produced such a public outcry that the order was held in abeyance. Civilian visitors were allowed aboard for tours until, by the middle of century, annual visitors exceeded 22,000 and the ship was becoming increasingly decrepit but she continued to rot at her moorings. After Sir Edward Seymour paid a visit in 1886 he later remembered ‘I could literally run my walking stick through her sides in many places.’ In 1921 a ‘Save The Victory’ campaign started and the following year she was moved to dry dock. Many years of restoration followed. These still continue to this day.
Condition: apart from a few small imperfections in the area of the sky, the print is in excellent condition, with very good tonal range. It is mounted on a slightly foxed section of cut-down album page.
Dimensions: the print measures 4” by 6.4” (10 cm by 16.3 cm); the mount measures 4.7” by 10” (12.1 cm by 25.3 cm).