Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
'Hogland, Augt 24th 1855' [Finland]
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From the Collection
From an album of watercolours of the Baltic, Mediterranean, Scotland, Switzerland and Burma. This album covers Edward Gennys Fanshawe's Baltic service in command of HMS 'Cossack' during the Crimean War, August 1854 - August 1855, and his brief transfer to the 'Hastings' in the Baltic and latterly at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland, 1855-56, though on her return to England in late 1855 he was invalided ashore until rejoining the ship at Queenstown in January 1856. It also covers his command of the 'Centurion' in the Mediterranean from May 1856 to June 1858, when he was again invalided home. Also included are holiday drawings made in Scotland in 1843 and 1883, Switzerland in 1877 and 1880, and a single drawing of Moulmein, Burma, made in 1846 during his Eastern posting as Commander in the 'Cruizer', 1844-46. No. 4 in Fanshawe's Baltic and later album, 1843 - 83. Fold-out panoramic drawing on two joined sheets, the right one stuck down on the album page, which is captioned by the artist below the image, as title. Hogland Island lies in the Gulf of Finland, due south of Kotka, and between Tallin and St Petersburg on the southern (Russian) side. In 1788 it was the site of a notable naval battle in the Russo-Swedish War. Fanshawe here shows the settlement. The ships on the right are his own steam corvette 'Cossack' on the left and probably the larger 'Amphion' of his friend and contemporary, Captain Astley Cooper Key. The viewpoint is probably north towards the Finnish coast. The identity of the animal in the right foreground is uncertain but, if a dog, may be Fanshawe's.
Credit Line: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London