Lieutenant Edward Bampfylde Eagles d. 1866
- Lieutenant Edward Bampfylde Eagles
- An album of Sketches
the majority signed and inscribed, four dated between 1858 and 1859
- 124 sheets in total, watercolour over pencil (88), some with scratching out, bodycolour and gum arabic, pen and brown ink over pencil (36)
- Album 5 by 23.2 cm.; 6 by 9 1/8 in.
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It is not known when Edward Bampfylde Eagles first enrolled in the Royal Navy but in 1805 he is first recorded in the West Indies. Eagles was soon promoted to Lientenant in the Royal Marine Artillery by 1807. In the album there are several depictions of H.M.S. Agamemnon and towns in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. This strongly suggests that Eagles was on board the Agamemnon when it laid the first trans-Atlantic submarine cable in July 1858. However, the inclusion in the album of many other views (not only of the British coast but of Continental Europe) suggest that the album was compiled over a number of years. Eagles was evidently a keen amateur artist as there are two other sketchbooks, of a similar size by him at the National Maritime Museum (PAF 2647). The importance of these works as evidence of a bygone martime era should not be underestimated.