Print, 'Launching Buoy' scene on "Great Eastern" during the laying of the first Atlantic cable, 1865-1867

1865-1867 in Camden
Robert Charles Dudley
Day and Son

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Coloured print of Robert Charles Dudley's 'Launching Buoy' (scene on "Great Eastern" during laying of the first Atlantic cable), printed by Day and Son Limited, Camden, London, England, 1865-1867. Full title of the print is 'Launching buoy on August 8th in Lat 51 25 30, Long 38 56, marking spot where cable has been grappled'.

Day and Sons Ltd was a prominent lithographic firm in the 19th century. They were accorded a Royal Warrant in 1837. The prints of the 'Great Eastern' cable laying expedition were based on original watercolours by Robert Charles Dudley (1826-1900), which are now held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Day and Sons' prints were produced for W H Russell's book, 'The Atlantic Telegraph'. They document different stages of the unsuccessful transatlantic cable laying voyage of 1865.

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glass, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
colour print
  • visual and verbal communication
  • print
Donated by Mr. F. Tandy.

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