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

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Half length portrait of a young man [Bray album]

Lieutenant Gabriel Bray (1750–1823)

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Object ID PAJ2001
Description No. 26 of 74 (PAJ1976 - PAJ2049) A drawing of a young man dated and signed 'Decr: 74 AVprGB' (to the life by Gabriel Bray), the date suggests this is possibly one of the 'Pallas's' midshipmen or master's mates, though the dress is unspecific. It 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 December 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: 131 x 164 mm; 318 x 480 mm
  • Half length portrait of a young man [Bray album] (PAJ2001)
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