London, Messrs. Fores, 2 June 1851 ('Painted by Sargent, T.G. Dutton, Lith.... Day & Son, Lithrs. to the Queen').
There is an old closed tear to the centre of the bottom margin, affecting only the caption; minor foxing or signs of acidity (probably from the old backing board); overall an impressive print in very presentable condition.
The lengthy caption tells the full story. 'The Schooner Yacht "Nancy Dawson", RTYC 160 Tons, built by Mr Camper of Gosport, for the late Mr Robt. Shedden, Esq., who died on board at Mazatlan, 16 Novr. 1849, whilst cruising in search of Sir John Franklin's expedition. The only Yacht that ever rounded Point Barrow, and Circumnavigated the Globe. This Engraving from the original Picture in the possession of Mrs Robertson, of Ednam House, Kelso'. In the top margin of this print, there is a lengthy holograph presentation inscription in ink to this effect from Mrs Robertson, who was Robert Shedden's aunt. She established a memorial to him at Kelso, commemorating his death at the early age of 28. The inscription reads in part: 'Presented as a mark of esteem to Dr Francis Douglas MD from Mrs Robertson of Ednam House, in mournful remembrance of her beloved nephew "The Philanthropic Shedden", who died on board his yacht in his generous search for Sir John Franklin and his [indecipherable] Companions!! Most deeply lamented!!'. There may be an Ednam House connection between the Douglases and the Robertsons.