Engagement of Frigates “Java” & “Constitution” [Plate 1]
Coloured engraving and aquatint1812 to 1899
About the work
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About the artist
Robert Havell senior, son of artist and publisher Daniel Havell, was born in Reading but moved to London as a child. After Robert launched his career, father and son collaborated on illustrations for Henry Salt’s ‘Twenty Four Views Taken in St. Helena’ (1809–10). However, the partnership was short-lived and Robert later established himself at premises in Fitzrovia. He married Lydia Miller Phillips and had a son, Robert junior. Robert junior and his father formed the firm of R. Havell & Son, working on numerous projects including ‘Birds of America’ for John James Audubon. The scale of this project led them to employ 50 additional staff and move to larger premises in Oxford Street. Robert senior died a year after the company expansion.
Daniell Havell (1785 - 1826)
Nicholas Pocock (1740 - 1821)
Robert, Snr Havell (1769 - 1832)
- Engagement of Frigates “Java” & “Constitution” [Plate 1]
- 1812 to 1899
- Coloured engraving and aquatint
- height: 36.00 cm, width: 45.00 cm
- Purchased 1972
- GAC number