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Image of Naval celebration

Naval Celebration

Q This colourful Victorian chromlithographic print pasted onto decorative lace-paper depicts a wonderfully grand celebration. Musicians in the gallery entertain sailors sat around the banquet table who are paying tribute to a large naval gun, by raising a toast, to the centrepiece of this event.

Does anyone know the story behind this illustration? Is it based on fact, was there a naval tradition of celebrating the completion of the construction of a new gun?

Sailor Bob

 

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Ephemera - minor transient documents of every day life