An interesting scene, on board an East-India-man, showing the effects of a heavy lurch,-after dinner.-
London, G. Humphrey, Nov 9th. 1818
Original hand colouring
250 x 355 mm
Trimmed within platemark
Passengers seated at a table in the state cabin under six windows in the stern, are flung violently about as the ship slants steeply to the left. There is much humorous incident. A naval officer remains seated and watches with amusement, and another man drinks with determination though kicked on the chin by a man who falls on top of a lady. A man spills scalding coffee down the mouth of his neighbour, whose leg is being bitten by a frantic bull-dog. Two small children have been flung to the floor across which cannon-balls roll and spirit-bottles slide (from an overturned canteen), as do plates and leg of mutton (from a basket); powder-flasks and a rammer fall from the roof. A fashionably dressed black servant bringing in a bowl of steaming punch falls backwards. A sailor leaning against a cannon on the right exclaims: “My precious eyes Tom!!! heres a smash!!!!—hold on my hearties!! hang on by yr eyelids.” He speaks to a sailor behind him who drinks from a bottle.