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Fifty Plates Of Shipping And Craft, Drawn And Etched By E.W. Cooke.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London,: , 1829.

Physical Description

[53] pl. (incl. t.pl., engr. List Of Plates, engr. 'Wood-Block For The Cover ...'); 438 mm.

General Note

The 53 plates carry no numbers. In the engr. List Of Plates they are described as an unnumbered 'Wood-Block For The Cover Of The Numbers', and as pl. 1-51 (incl. t.pl.); and the engraved List itself constitutes the 53rd plate.


[Engr. 'Wood-Block ...', t.pl.] - [Plates] - [Engr. list, 'Shipping And Craft. List Of Plates &c.'].

Responsibility Note

The first plate, 'Wood-Block For The Cover ...', is signed as drawn by W. Harvey and engraved by S.M. Slader. The title-plate names E.W. Cooke as draughtsman and etcher within the title. The 'List Of Plates' states, 'The whole of the Subjects Drawn & Etched by Edwd Willm Cooke, and Printed by S.H. Hawkins.' All other plates are signed as drawn and etched by E(dward) W(illiam) Cooke.

The printed wrappers which originally accompanied each part as it was published serially provide the further information that the work was etched 'Under The Superintendence Of George Cooke' (E.W. Cooke's father), was published by J. & A. Arch, Cornhill, Carpenter & Son, Bond Street, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, Paternoster Row, Moon, Boys and Graves, Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, Moon of Threadneedle Street, J. Allen, Birmingham, Curtis of Plymouth, Deightons of Cambridge, Wakeman of Dublin and George Cooke of Hackney, and was dedicated to and patronized by the Duke of Clarence (afterwards King William IV).


J. Munday, E.W. Cooke (1996); J.L. Hougego, Edward William Cooke [exhibiton catalogue] (1970).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1829 is given on the title-plate and on the engraved 'List Of Plates', and most plates carry dates of 1828 or 1829; but the last plate before the List carries the date of 1830. The work was published serially.

E.W. Cooke early became one of Britain's most admired marine-painters. The meticulous drawings which he published in the 1830s form a loving record of a kind of shipping that would change rapidly during the course of the century.


A facsimile, Shipping & Craft by E.W. Cooke. A facsimile edition with descriptive notes by R. Finch, was published in 1970 (Masthead Press).


The title plate is inscribed in ink, 'Presented to the Library of the Royal Academy by E.W. Cooke: 15th.. Jany: 1852.' (Cooke had been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1851.)

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green watered-cloth-covered boards, upper cover lettered 'Shipping And Craft. By E.W. Cooke.'; gilt-decorated spine (showing anchors and ships), lettered 'Shipping And Craft By Cooke 1829'.

Name as Subject


Ships - Sailing ships - Naval ships - Boats - Waterways - Marine environments - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Drawings - 19th century
Views - Seascapes - Marines (visual works) - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Etchings - Great Britain - 19th century


Edward William Cooke RA, source artist, draughtsman, engraver, previous owner, donor
William Harvey, draughtsman
S. M. Slader, engraver
S. H. Hawkins, intaglio printer
George Cooke, engraver
Sir Francis Graham Moon 1st baronet, publisher
William IV King of Great Britain, dedicatee
John and Arthur Arch, publisher
James Carpenter and Son (London), publisher
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, publisher
Moon, Boys and Graves, publisher