The unexpected British defeat at the Battle of the Chesapeake may have been the event that led to Clerk moving on from studying tactics, to theorising and writing about them. In abouta former Royal Navy officer, Commissioner Edgar, took up retirement in the village of Eldin where Clerk lived.
He died John clerk at Eldin on 10 Maysurrounded by his family. His images, handled in a style that owed much to European master printers, capture the castles and ruins of Scotland in a fine picturesque manner.
He printed up to order. Overall, Clerk of Eldin went on to produce over one hundred and ten etchings, from the first impressions from aroundto the last in Young John attended Dalkeith Grammar School where he was reputed to have been a keen scholar,and was enrolled at the University of Edinburgh to study medicine, his father had marked him to becoming a "top chyrugeon" but abandoned his studies and entered into business.
In doing so, he broke new ground in English naval tactics. Clerk made sets of etchings which he sold, though this was at a time well before any concept of formal editions. He conducted several geological surveys with James Hutton in the s, and accompanied Robert Adam on sketching tours.
There, he devoted himself to science and art. Inevitably he met Clerk, and shared stories of his experiences at sea.
Many sets were sold to Thomas Philipe "Printseller at his shop, second door of the Bull turnpike, opposite the Tron Church, Edinburgh".
It is difficult to say exactly when he started etching; he states himself to have commenced at age forty five, that is inbut as dated works of survive, this is unlikely.
While technical manuals, notably signalling books and the various Fighting Instructions, had been published before, no study of naval tactics had been written in English.
Work in Naval Tactics[ edit ] From an early age, Clerk had been interested in shipping, and had cultivated contacts among owners, sailors, and others involved in seafaring.
Etchings[ edit ] It is generally thought that Clerk of Eldin began to draw in the late s, when he was introduced to Paul Sandbythe well-known English draughtsman, who was in Scotland under the Board of Ordnance Survey from to Clerk was fundamentally a topographical artist, his landscapes often than not being centred on a particular historical building.
The earliest known drawings all belong to around His early career was seemingly haphazard, a trial and error education. This publication contained twenty-six views. Clerk made his fortune as a merchant he is understood to have been a clothier and manager of a, and in he was able to buy himself the property of Eldin, in Lasswadenear Edinburgh.
A typical Enlightenment figure, he was a man of many interests, including geology, architecture, and art.
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