76. Fortification.- Desmaretz (John Peter), attributed to. Portsmouth Harbour, a group of drawings in ink and watercolour prepared for work on the new fortifications and repairs, comprising No.1. Sandham Fort, a plan and profile, with a smaller plan and profile of the Gate and Scarpwall, overall 350 x 710mm.,1750; No.2. A Plan and Profil of South Sea Castle, 440 x 520mm., 1750; No.3. A Plan of the Town of Gosport, with the New Fortifications begun in the Year 1748..., 365 x 770mm.; Unnumbered. Profil of the New Fortifications at Gosport, 110 x 650mm.; No.5. Hurst Castle with a Projected Plan and Profil, each with an overlay panel, 350 x 635mm.; with An Estimate of the Charge of Works and Repairs humbly proposed to be Carried on in the Portsmouth Division this Year 1750, detailed list of works, with costs, relating to the above sites, in neat manuscript on 9 pages (6 sheets), disbound, small folio, the drawings neatly repaired for insignificant surface losses at sheet edges and on old folds, 1750.
The old folds of the drawings suggest that they were originally bound in with the manuscript specification. For the role of Desmaretz in the reconstruction work at Portsmouth see Andrew Saunders, Fortress Britain, 1989. (6)
est. £2000 – £3000