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MF-01. (engraving) British Heroine Grace Darling Rowing to a Rescue c.1890.

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MF-01. (engraving) British Heroine Grace Darling Rowing to a Rescue c.1890.

MF-01. (engraving) British Heroine Grace Darling Rowing to a Rescue c.1890. “Grace Darling and Her Father – Rescuing the Nine Survivors of survivors of the Forfarshire Steam Ship trading between Hull and Dundee wrecked off the Fern Islands Sept 7 1838. An historic record of female heroism inspired by humanity painted from life and from sketches made upon the spot.” At about four o’clock in the morning of 7th September 1838, the steamer ‘Forfarshire’ bound for Dundee struck the rocks near the Fern lighthouse and broke in two. She sank immediately and only nine people escaped the wreck. Grace Darling and her father rowed the lifeboat to the rocks in heavy seas and saved the survivors in a remarkable and famous rescue. The daughter of a lighthouse keeper, Darling grew up on Longstone in the Farne Islands. Grace become the focus of national attention after the steamship Forfarshire sank during a severe storm in September 1838. Nine people managed to find refuge on nearby rocks, and Darling and her father battled rough water to row to their rescue. The incident inspired numerous poems, paintings, and songs and made Darling a virtual cult figure. This rare item features a detailed early engraved image of the lovely heroine as she rows through rough seas, with the lighthouse in the background. Good condition, needs some cleaning, I n original wood frame. Measures 37” x 29” overall. $285.