WILLIAMS, Edward (artist)
Original pen and ink drawing celebrating English navy
[England]: 1839. Pen and ink drawing by Edward Williams, signed at foot '1839. Edward Williams. 1839.' (expertly repaired 2 inch tear, small section of lower right corner supplied in later facsimile). Sheet size: 11 1/16 x 8 7/8 inches.
A fine example of the Naval folk art of the period.
The drawing is in two parts: the upper section shows a half length semi-caricature portrait in profile of an English Royal Navy seaman with arms crossed holding a 'grog' cup, within an oval border bearing the names of English victories at sea 'St. Vincent La Hogue Camperdown Copenhagen Trafalgar Nile &c. &c.'. The border is supported by the just visible end of a cannon to the left and an anchor to the right. The second half of the drawing is a shaped rectangle of black with an outlined eight-line poem: "Oh! There's a Land, of ev'ry Land the pride, / Belov'd of Heav'n o'er all the World beside. / There is a Spot of Earth supremely blest, / A Dearer, Sweeter spot, than all the rest. / Where shall that land, that Spot of Earth be found? / Art Thou a Man/ A Patriot? Look around, / Oh, Thou shalt find, howe'er thy footsteps roam. / That Land, thy Country - And that Spot, thy Home." (From James Montgomery's poem Home ).