Happy October! In honour of the first day of the month, today we are featuring one of the newest and oldest additions to the museum collection. This engraving, titled Dissolution of a Cutter, is by Benjamin Thomas Pouncey, an English printmaker, after a painting by John Kitchingman, and published 1 October 1785. The print itself notes that it is from “an Original Picture in the Possession of Mr. Newton.”
The print is part of a large collection of prints and documents that were in the possession of the Flower Family until the 1990s and were then given to the donor. The piece is an engraving on laid paper with an oval image showing the wreck of a ship with survivors landing on shore with a row boat. There are four figures in foreground with a lighthouse in far background. Pencil gridlines indicate possible preparations for a painting.
Given the date of the print, this is something that Anthony Flower most likely brought with him to New Brunswick in 1817; a rare link to his English homeland. We have yet to find a painting based on this print, but perhaps someday.