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Grosvenor East Indiaman shipwreck Smirke engraving

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The Grosvenor East Indiaman


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Original antique print


The Wreck of the Grosvenor, an East Indiaman, occurred on 4 August 1782 on the Pondoland coast of South Africa, north of the mouth of the Umzimvubu River. The Grosvenor was a three-masted ship of 729 tons on her return voyage to England when she was wrecked, carrying a crew of 132 and 18 passengers (12 adults and 6 children), and a cargo valued at 75,000 pounds. Of the 123 survivors, only 18 reached Cape Town and were repatriated, the remainder dying of their privations or being killed by, or joining with, Bantu tribes. Four survivors, Robert Price, Thomas Lewis, John Warmington, and Barney Larey, eventually got back to England . Some foxing.

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artist Robert Pollard (1755-1838) and Francis Jukes (1745-1812) after Robert Smirke (1752-1845)
method Copper-line engraving
date 1784
size 435mm by 560mm (platemark)
SKU MN5271