This is the only contemporary print after Monamy specifically titled A Calm
P.Monamy pinxt     Publish'd according to Act of Parliament 21 Febry. 1745-6     Canot sculp.
Printed for John Bowles & Son, at the Black Horse in Cornhil

A Calm: Prints, Drawing & Painting


28½ x 41: signed lower left P.Monamy
or does it measure 36 x 48¼ ?


painting reversed for comparison with print

The above painting was sold at Sotheby's on 25 November, 2004, lot 87, where it was entitled The English Fleet at Sea. It is clearly a composition to which Monamy devoted some particular care.


a preparatory drawing ?   nmm

small version circa 1760-70

"There are some curious men who form an idea of a master, by the sight of three or four of his pictures; and who, after this, believe they have a sufficient authority to decide what his manner is; without considering what care the Painter took about them, and what age he was of when he drew them. ..... There is none also that had not his beginning, his progress, and his end; that is to say, three manners." De Piles, The Art of Painting, Chap XXVIII, part II.

go to calm excellence: page one
go to calm excellence: page two

vertue & walpole & others
calms: introduction
prints & paintings
thomas (?) leemans
monamy website index
reach for the skies


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