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William Lionel Wyllie, R.A., R.I., R.E. 1851-1931.

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Yorkshire Cobles. c. 1928. Etching and drypoint. 4 3/8 x 12 7/8 (sheet 7 5/8 x 17 1/4). A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream wove paper. Signed and annotated 'to R Dunthorne' (the well-known print publisher) in pencil. $975.

Yorkshire Cobles are small boats were used for fishing and foying (tending shipping) in the rugged conditions of the northeast coast and North Sea. These were all-year, multipurpose craft, used for long-lining, potting or herring fishing, which became their principle use in the latter half of the nineteenth century when increasing numbers of this craft were produced. With the coming of engines, the herring coble could be adapted to this form of propulsion fairly easily, and some thus survived for some years after their local contemporaries, the smacks and yawls, had become extinct; nevertheless, by the 1930ís nearly all the herring cobles had disappeared.

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