HUGGINS, After William John (1781-1845)
Ships of the General Steam Navigation Company. The Leith, of 1000 Tons, arriving at Granton Pier, Edinburgh. - The Monarch, of 875 Tons, leaving for London
London: Published by Mr. Huggins, 1841. Aquatint engraving, coloured by hand, by E. Duncan after Huggins. Sheet size: 18 5/8 x 27 1/4 inches.
A fine double portrait of two early steamers
William Huggins served for several years at sea in the service of the East India Company, and on his return to London used his intimate knowledge of shipping to paint detailed ship portraits. Here he pictures two of the vessels owned by the General Steam Navigation Company which was founded in 1824 as one of the first steam ship operators and continued in operation until the 1960s when the company was taken over by the P. & O. Line.