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Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: The Look Out, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

The Look Out, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
The Look Out, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Lowering the Ensign at Sunset, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Lowering the Ensign at Sunset, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Lowering the Ensign at Sunset, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Rodney, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Rodney, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Rodney, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893. A battleship of the Admiral class, HMS Rodney entered service in 1888 with the Home Fleet

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: A Royal Navy 42 gun frigate, c1780 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

A Royal Navy 42 gun frigate, c1780 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
A Royal Navy 42 gun frigate, c1780 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Nymphe, Royal Navy sloop, c1890-c1893

HMS Nymphe, Royal Navy sloop, c1890-c1893. HMS Nymphe was a screw sloop launched in 1888. She was renamed three times, as HMS Wildfire (1906)

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Heaving the lead, 18th century (c1890-c1893)

Heaving the lead, 18th century (c1890-c1893)
Heaving the lead, 18th century, 1890-1893. A sailor measuring the depth of the water. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy Post Captain, 18th century (c1890-c1893)

Royal Navy Post Captain, 18th century (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy battle ship, c1760 (c1890-c1893)

Royal Navy battle ship, c1760 (c1890-c1893). Flying the flag of the Royal Navys Blue Squadron. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Magicienne, Royal Navy 2nd class cruiser, c1890-c1893

HMS Magicienne, Royal Navy 2nd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. A Marathon class cruiser, HMS Magicienne was built in 1888 and sold in 1905

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Admiral, 18th century (c1890-c1893)

Admiral, 18th century (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Mohawk, Royal Navy 3rd class cruiser, c1890-c1893

HMS Mohawk, Royal Navy 3rd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. Launched in 1886, HMS Mohawk was an Archer class torpedo cruiser. She was sold for scrap in 1905

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy sailors, 18th century (c1890-c1893)

Royal Navy sailors, 18th century (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Calliope, Royal Navy 3rd class cruiser, c1890-c1893

HMS Calliope, Royal Navy 3rd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. A Calypso class cruiser, HMS Calliope entered service in 1887. In 1889 she survived an encounter with a tropical cyclone at Apia, Samoa

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy battle ship, c1650 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

Royal Navy battle ship, c1650 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
Royal Navy battle ship, c1650 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: One of Blakes Men, 1650 (c1890-c1893)

One of Blakes Men, 1650 (c1890-c1893). A crewman on board one of Admiral Robert Blakes ships. As commander of the navy of Oliver Cromwells Commonwealth

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: One of Drakes Men, 1588 (c1890-c1893)

One of Drakes Men, 1588 (c1890-c1893). A sailor on one of Sir Francis Drakes ships. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume I

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: The Duke of Edinburgh, c1890-c1893

The Duke of Edinburgh, c1890-c1893. Prince Alfred (1844-1900), the second son and fourth of child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, joined the Royal Navy in 1858

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Victoria, Royal Navy 121 gun warship, c1859 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Victoria, Royal Navy 121 gun warship, c1859 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Victoria, Royal Navy 121 gun warship, c1859 (c1890-c1893). Launched in 1859, HMS Victoria was the last three decker ship of the line to enter service with the Royal Navy

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy boatswain, c1829 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Navy boatswain, c1829 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Navy boatswain, c1829 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume II, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Hero, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Hero, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Hero, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. The second and final battleship of the Conqueror class, HMS Hero entered service in 1888

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: A 74 gun Royal Navy ship of the line, c1794 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

A 74 gun Royal Navy ship of the line, c1794 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
A 74 gun Royal Navy ship of the line, c1794 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume II, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Colossus, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Colossus, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Colossus, Royal Navy 2nd class battleship, c1890-c1893. The lead ship of her class, HMS Colossus entered service in 1886

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Latona, Royal Navy 2nd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Latona, Royal Navy 2nd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Latona, Royal Navy 2nd class cruiser, c1890-c1893. An Apollo class cruiser launched in 1890, HMS Latona was converted to a minelayer in 1907. She was sold in 1920

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Undaunted, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Undaunted, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Undaunted, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, c1890-c1893. A cruiser of the Orlando class, HMS Undaunted was launched in 1886. She was sold for scrapping in 1907

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: A Royal Navy 28 gun frigate, c1794 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

A Royal Navy 28 gun frigate, c1794 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
A Royal Navy 28 gun frigate, c1794 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume II, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Bramble, Royal Navy 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Bramble, Royal Navy 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Bramble, Royal Navy 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. HMS Bramble was launched in 1886. She was renamed HMS Cockatrice in 1896 and was sold in 1906

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: A Royal Navy 38 gun frigate, c1770 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

A Royal Navy 38 gun frigate, c1770 (c1890-c1893). Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
A Royal Navy 38 gun frigate, c1770 (c1890-c1893). A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume II, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: British coastguardsman, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

British coastguardsman, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
British coastguardsman, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume II, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Prince George of Wales, Duke of York, 1890-1893

Prince George of Wales, Duke of York, 1890-1893
Prince George of Wales, Duke of York, c1890-c1893. The future King George V (1865-1936) served actively in the Royal Navy from 1877 until 1891

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Royal Sovereign, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893

HMS Royal Sovereign, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Royal Sovereign, Royal Navy 1st class battleship, c1890-c1893. When she was launched in 1891, the battleship Royal Sovereign was the largest warship afloat

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Landing Order, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Landing Order, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Landing Order, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Blenheim, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, 1892. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Blenheim, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, 1892. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Blenheim, Royal Navy 1st class cruiser, 1892. HMS Blenheim was launched in 1890. She served with the Channel Fleet until 1908 when she was reclassified as a depot ship with the Mediterranean

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy Lieutenant and signal boy, c1890-c1893

Royal Navy Lieutenant and signal boy, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy sailor signalling, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Navy sailor signalling, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Navy sailor signalling, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Speedwell, Royal Navy torpedo gunboat, 1892. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Speedwell, Royal Navy torpedo gunboat, 1892. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Speedwell, Royal Navy torpedo gunboat, 1892. HMS Speedwell was launched in 1889. She was converted to a minesweeper in 1909 and sold in 1920

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: At the Breechloading Gun, c1890-c1893

At the Breechloading Gun, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Navy 2nd class Petty Officer, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Thrush, British 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Thrush, British 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Thrush, British 1st class gunboat, c1890-c1893. Launched in 1889, HMS Thrush saw action in the 40 minute Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896. She was also on active service during the Boer War

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: A boarding party, c1890-c1893

A boarding party, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Royal Navy Captain, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons

Royal Navy Captain, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Christian Symons
Royal Navy Captain, c1890-c1893. A print from Her Majestys Navy Including its Deeds and Battles, by Lieut Chas Rathbone Low, Volume III, JS Virtue & Co, London, 1890-1893

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: HMS Victory, British warship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell

HMS Victory, British warship, c1890-c1893. Artist: William Frederick Mitchell
HMS Victory, British warship, c1890-c1893. HMS Victory was a first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built between 1759 and 1765. She was Nelsons flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805

Background imageCharles Rathbone Collection: Admiral Lord Nelson, (c1890-c1893)

Admiral Lord Nelson, (c1890-c1893). One of Britains greatest military figures, Admiral Nelson (1758-1805) was the victor at a number of naval battles in the Napoleonic Wars


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"Charles Rathbone: A Glimpse into the Royal Navy's Rich History" Step back in time to the late 19th century and immerse yourself in the captivating world of Charles Rathbone. Through the masterful brushstrokes of artist William Christian Symons, we are transported to an era where naval might reigned supreme. In "The Look Out, " c1890-c1893, we witness Rathbone standing tall atop a ship's mast, his gaze fixed on the horizon as he scans for any sign of danger. His unwavering dedication and vigilance embody the spirit of a true sailor. As evening descends upon us, "Lowering the Ensign at Sunset, " c1890-c1893, captures Rathbone alongside his fellow crew members as they pay homage to their nation by lowering the flag with utmost respect. The serene beauty of this moment is palpable. HMS Rodney, a majestic first-class battleship depicted by William Frederick Mitchell in c1890-c1893, serves as a testament to both Rathbone's commanding presence and his affiliation with formidable vessels that defended Britain's shores. This vessel symbolizes strength and power under his capable leadership. Delving further into history, we encounter a Royal Navy 42-gun frigate from c1780 (c1890-c1893), also painted by Mitchell. This artwork showcases Rathbone's connection to an earlier period while highlighting his adaptability across different naval eras. The HMS Nymphe takes center stage next – a sleek Royal Navy sloop captured during its prime years around c1890-c1893. Its graceful lines mirror Rathbone's finesse in maneuvering through treacherous waters with precision and grace. "Heaving the lead" transports us even further back in time to an 18th-century scene (c1890-c1893). Here we find Charles Rathbone actively involved in navigation duties aboard a ship, exemplifying his versatility and expertise in various maritime tasks.