Published by No date but c.1843-44., 1843
From Marrins Bookshop (Folkestone, KENT, United Kingdom)

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Pen and sepia ink wash drawing on paper, 4.25 x 7.25 inches, laid on to card, mounted, framed in reeded half-round gilt and glazed, overall 11.5 x 14 inches. Extracted from an album of sketches by Henry Moses dated 1843-1844. It depicts a channel packet entering Folkestone Harbour and passing inside the mole with the South Quay beyond, in company with four fishing boats. The quay and mole are dotted with onlookers and, on the quay, a crane or derrick, several small edifices and the pier head mast, with its flag and crow's nest, are evident. The vessel is a two-masted paddle-steamer with fore-and-aft sails, here furled, and an early, upright funnel with a decorative cap. The title 'Folkestone Pier' is inscribed at the lower edge. Some light browning follows the principal pen strokes without detracting from the execution. Henry Moses, 1782-1870, was highly regarded as a draughtsman and engraver and was known for, among many other works, several series of views of shipping, and a few coastal views. It is not clear how his marine interest developed but he used outline engraving to great effect in capturing maritime life and activities in his Sketches of Shipping (1824), where accurately drawn ships are set in suitable port landscapes. Similarly his Picturesque Views of Ramsgate (1817) includes busily populated images of ships in harbour. Prior to the arrival of the railway at Folkestone there had, for some long time, been an intermittent service of sailing ships and small steamers plying to Boulogne. The South Eastern Railway then made arrangements with the New Commercial Steam Packet Company that, when the line was opened, there should be a regular steamer service to connect with the trains. [Rixon Bucknall] The SER reached Folkestone in December 1843 and, having acquired Folkestone Harbour, opened Folkestone East station to serve the burgeoning cross-channel traffic. The packet service between Folkestone and Boulogne had commenced on the first of August 1843 and the inaugural crossing, from Boulogne to Folkestone, was made by the paddle-steamer 'City of Boulogne', built in 1838. She arrived at Folkestone at 12.30 p.m., tricolour and Union flags flying from her mastheads, and carrying numerous influential guests to attend a banquet given by the Mayor of Folkestone and the railway company. At about the same time the 'William Wallace' left for Boulogne; later in the day 'Emerald' arrived from Boulogne with 142 passengers and officials. This drawing is beautifully executed and highly detailed - the wash achieving great depth - and reflects the crispness and clarity of his engravings. This is one of two similar drawings purchased by us; this showing the arrival of a ship at Folkestone and the other the departure from the same. Given Moses' skill and knowledge of shipping it can be said, considering differences between the two drawings, that the two vessels are not one and the same, coming and going. It is also reasonable to infer that the occasion of the inauguration of the regular packet service would be of sufficient interest to Moses that he would record the event. Thus, taking into consideration the escort of small craft, this may be a record of the arrival of 'City of Boulogne' on 1st August 1843. Bookseller Inventory # 21107

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Publisher: No date but c.1843-44.

Publication Date: 1843

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