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Description

Fine early copperplate engraving showing an allegorical depiction of navigation, published in London by Richard Blome. The engraving shows a warship at sea with tall masts, with an apparently shipwrecked woman in the front of the image. Scattered about the foreground are maps, charts, globes, inkstands, and other tools of cartography.

This antique print first appeared in Blome's 1686 The Gentleman's Recreation, which contains a series of depictions of various activities including hunting, painting, fishing, and other manly activities. The print is dedicated to George Legge, a Royal Navy officer who would soon fall into disgrace following his failure to defend Britain against the Glorious Revolution.