black ink on tan paper; large ship in center with many open flaps along sides; four small ships in front of large ship; dark wall along LRC; in LLC small boat inscribed on side: A. BARRY FEC. 1880; in background, many other ships; some buildings visible at left side; water has dark pointed crests; many squiggly lines in sky indicate clouds; moon above city to left of large ship

Breaking up of the Agamemnon, 1870

Etching and drypointexpand_more

Gift of John and Laura Taftexpand_more  2018.128.11

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This is a slightly reduced copy of an etching made by Francis Seymour Haden in 1870. Apart from this print, we know nothing of the copyist, who signed “A. Barry.” The Agamemnon was one of the last wooden-hulled war ships built in England. The Keel was laid in 1849, and the ship launched in 1852. Armed with 91 guns, it served as the flagship in many battles. In 1857, it helped to lay the transatlantic telegraph cable. It is shown here during its demolition at the Navel Arsenal at Deptford. In the distance at left is the Royal Hospital at Greenwich and the “Dreadnought,” an old ship that served at the Battle of Trafalgar and subsequently as a hospital ship.

Details
Title
Breaking up of the Agamemnon
Artist Life
British, 1818–1910
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.128.11
Provenance
Robert Taft (1889-1953, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.); by descent to John Taft, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
Catalogue Raisonne
Schneiderman 133 (copy)
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black ink on tan paper; large ship in center with many open flaps along sides; four small ships in front of large ship; dark wall along LRC; in LLC small boat inscribed on side: A. BARRY FEC. 1880; in background, many other ships; some buildings visible at left side; water has dark pointed crests; many squiggly lines in sky indicate clouds; moon above city to left of large ship