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This picture is a composite of two events, set at Deptford, combining the launch of the 'Cambridge', on 21st October 1755 with a view of the 'Royal George', 100 guns, which was in reality launched a year later at Woolwich Dockyard. To the far left is the Deptford Master Shipwright's house built in 1708 and in the background the great storehouse. Deptford was significant as a centre of maritime and naval activity, and at this time its Royal Dockyard, founded under Henry VIII, was primarily a building, repair and victualling yard. The 'Cambridge' was one of the improved 80-gun three-decker third rates and here shown being floated out from the double dry-dock where she was built. The 'Royal George', launched in 1756, lies at anchor to the right. Beyond her stern, two 74-gun two-decker third rates are shown under construction. Thus the artist has brought together details from a number of different events he had witnessed.
oil on canvas
H 121.9 x W 187.9 cm