Etching with original hand colour. Published by J. Sidebothom L[ower] Sackville St. Undated, circa 1803-07
Image size: 267mm x 372mm, plus margins.
Generally good condition, a few minor tears to extremities, not affecting image. Laid on acid free board and close-framed in old 1" black Hogarth moulding.
Three sailors mounted on horseback (an old nag by all appearance), encounter another along the road. who says "Why mess-mates you seem in a dead-calm here." "You may say that my hearty. We have been on board this half hour and D-n me if I think we shall get under-way" replies the one at the front. "We shall never get to Portsmouth at this rate". says the second, whilst the one at the rear complains "What is it tom pipes about at the Helm- does he mean to set sail or not?"
This appears to be a pirated copy of a print made by Piercy Roberts after the design by George Moutard Woodward and published by Thomas Tegg c. 1803-07. The publisher J Sidebotham was established at 24 Lower Sackville St, Dublin from 1802-1812.