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[Sketches - North & South Atlantic Ocean] No.3 Sketch of the Neptune of Whitby / Edmund Pink / 3 February 1820
Pink, Edmund, 1795-1847.
1 watercolour on card ; 15 x 20.5 cm
Titled on image: ... of the Neptune of Whitby / No.3'. Titled on verso: Neptune of Whitby. Dated from entry in Pink's list of 'Sketches - North & South Atlantic Ocean': 3 Feby 1820
Edmund Pink's 'Sketches - North and South Atlantic Ocean'
Drawing no.3 from a broken folio of 'Sketches - North & South Atlantic Ocean' from a miscellaneous folio of watercolour sketches, 1820-1825, by Edmund Pink sold as part of lot 42 in Christie's Topographical Pictures 15 July 1994.
The artist Edmund Pink (1795-1847) was born in South Bersted, near Bognor Regis in the English county of Sussex, in September 1795, the son of an innkeeper. His father died when he was still a child and his mother died in January 1819. In November 1819 Pink wrote to the Colonial Office stating his intention of becoming a settler at the Cape of Good Hope. He explained that he was "by profession a surveyor about the age of 24, entirely dependant on [his] own exertions". He sailed for the Cape from Gravesend on 27 January 1820 on board the Neptune, arriving at Table Bay on 2 May. He remained at the Cape for ten months before sailing in February 1821 on the brig Wakefield bound for Rio de Janeiro where he worked as an associate for his brother-in-law George Thomas Standfast, an English merchant. G.T. Standfast & Co operated in Brazil between 1816 and 1825. When the company ceased trading in December 1825 Pink returned to England and resumed his profession of surveyor until late in life becoming an innkeeper at Witham in Essex where he died in October 1847.
Christie's (London) Topographical Pictures 14 July 1994, lot 42; Caroline Simpson Collection, Clyde Bank, The Rocks, Sydney, 2001-2004.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; L2007/166
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