Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia. Walter SPINKS.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.

Album of watercolours and pencil drawings…
Album of watercolours and pencil drawings from the voyage of HMS Myrmidon to Australia and South-East Asia.

at sea: 1886-, 1888.

Oblong quarto artist's sketchbook (18.5 x 25.5 cm.), 32 leaves in total with 25 watercolours (one double-page) and 13 pencil drawings, most of the sketches captioned, pencil map on exercise book page loosely inserted; in the original binding of quarter sheep over pebble-grained boardsd.

Original watercolours and sketches from survey vessel Myrmidion

A charming and accomplished album of amateur watercolours and pencil sketches made by Walter Spinks, a sailor on board HMS Myrmidon, en route from England to the Australia Station via the Middle East in 1886-1888. HMS Myrmidon was launched in 1867 as a specially-designed survey vessel. In 1884, while serving in the Red Sea, the vessel was involved in fighting in the Mahdist War (sometimes known as the Anglo-Sudan War), and several of the watercolours in this album dramatically depict the fighting. In 1885 Myrmidon was appointed to the Australia Station to undertake hydrographic studies of the coasts of Timor, northern Australia, along the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea, and also in Bass Strait. Hoskyn Islands in the southern Great Barrier Reef were named after the ship's Commander, Admiralty Hydrographer Richard Frazer Hoskyn (d. 1892). Myrmidon was sold in Hong Kong in 1889.

A charming and accomplished album of amateur watercolours and pencil sketches made by Walter Spinks, a sailor on board HMS Myrmidon, en route from England to the Australia Station via the Middle East in 1886-1888. HMS Myrmidon was launched in 1867 as a specially-designed survey vessel. In 1884, while serving in the Red Sea, the vessel was involved in fighting in the Mahdist War (sometimes known as the Anglo-Sudan War), and several of the watercolours in this album dramatically depict the fighting. In 1885 Myrmidon was appointed to the Australia Station to undertake hydrographic studies of the coasts of Timor, northern Australia, along the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea, and also in Bass Strait. Hoskyn Islands in the southern Great Barrier Reef were named after the ship's Commander, Admiralty Hydrographer Richard Frazer Hoskyn (d. 1892). Myrmidon was sold in Hong Kong in 1889.
Several of the Spinks views are dramatic renderings of events in the Middle East, notably two watercolours illustrating night attacks in Suakin and another showing the arrival of sailors and a machine gun to protect the town (the Mahdi's revolt in 1885 resulted in the siege which led to the death of General Gordon). There is also a stunning double-page view of the British assault on Alexandria on 11 July 1882.
The bulk of the album is a chronological catalogue of ports visited and ships encountered while sailing to and working on the Australia Station, making it a fascinating document of life on board a survey vessel in south-east Asia and Australia. The illustrations notably include scenes of Batavia, Timor, Darwin, Townsville, Sydney and Melbourne. A particularly striking scene shows the collision between Myrmidon and HMS Tyne on 25 April 1887 off Wilson's Promontory.
We know slightly more than we might otherwise about Spinks because he was listed as a deserter in the New South Wales Police Gazette (24 March 1886), with the following description: "SPINKS, Walter. HMS Myrmidon. Deserter, at Melbourne, on the 10th instant. Painter, 2nd class, two badges, 30yrs, 5'5½", fair complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes." On the Myrmidon in Australia see a rather good article and accompanying illustration in the Illustrated Sydney News for 21 November 1885. Three men were lost in a nasty accident in July 1886 when they became entangled in the anchor ropes and were drowned.
The views are as follows:
Sheerness, watercolour;
Bay of Biscay, watercolour;
"Giberalter", watercolour;
Malta, watercolour;
Alexandria, watercolour;
Port Said, watercolour;
Suez, watercolour;
Deadless Lighthouse, watercolour;
Saukim [in harbour with four other named ships], watercolour;
Sailors landing in Saukim with machine gun to protect the Town, pencil;
Night attack, watercolour;
[Sketch of shield & spears], verso of preceding, pencil;
[Untitled: night time attack] black ink, watercolour wash
Massowah, watercolour;
Fight with a Slaver, verso of preceding, pencil;
Aden, watercolour;
Colombo, watercolour;
Singapore, watercolour;
Batavia, watercolour;
Sourabaya, watercolour;
Flores Passage, watercolour;
Wetta, watercolour;
Timor, watercolour;
[Untitled: horse & rider surrounded by locals, apparently Australian Aborigines, with weapons], pencil;
Port Darwin, watercolour;
Townsville, watercolour;
HMS Rapid, pencil;
Farm Cove, Sydney, watercolour;
HMS Iris, pencil;
Oberon Bay, pencil;
Port Melbourne, pencil;
Franklin Island, pencil;
Day Dreams [portrait of woman with floral border, Spinks' wife or girlfriend?], watercolour;
HMS Myrmidon & Tyne in collision off Wilsons Promontory April 25 1887, pencil;
HMS Myrmidon, pencil;
[Untitled: Myrmidon in rough seas], pencil;
The Bombardment of Alexandria by the British Fleet, July 11 1882 [double-page], watercolour;
Her Majesty the Queen, watercolour;
World map on loose leaf, pencil.

Price (AUD): $16,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4211237

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