Lieutenant Gabriel Bray (1750–1823), Sketchbooks and albums, Fine art, Prints, drawings and watercolours

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'The Sailmaker ticketting the Hammocks on board the Pallas, Nov 74' [Bray album]

Lieutenant Gabriel Bray (1750–1823)

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Object ID PAJ1992
Description No. 17 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049) A drawing of a sailmaker signed 'AVprGB' (to the life by Gabriel Bray). Men were issued with hammocks which bore a number indicating their place in the ship - quite literally since it was the space where the hammock would be slung and returned after airing (see PAJ1989) or being packed into the gunwale hammock nettings on deck where they were put in battle, as protecton from small-arms fire. The head of the capstan indicates this is an upper-deck scene. The drawing also shows the working dress of a sailmaker - who was a specific warrant officer - and (presumably) his mate. This is one of 73 drawings by Bray (plus one signed 'NF 1782') preserved in a 19th-century album. They have now been separately remounted. Bray (1750-1823), was second lieutenant of the 44-gun ‘Pallas’ under Captain the Hon. William Cornwallis (1744-1819) – later a well-known admiral - on two voyages (1774-77) to report on British interests in West Africa, including the slave trade. The dated drawings refer only to the first of these, from December 1774 to September 1775, though a few may be from the second. Others comprise country views, some of Deal, Kent (where Bray may have come from), and others of social-history interest.
Date made November 1774

Artist/Maker Gabriel Bray
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Purchased with the assistance of the Society for Nautical Research Macpherson Fund
Materials watercolour
Measurements Sheet: 157 x 202 mm; 316 x 480 mm
  • 'The Sailmaker ticketting the Hammocks on board the Pallas, Nov 74' [Bray album] (PAJ1992)
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