This is a very grand watercolor by noted British artist Joseph Nash (1808-1878). The sight size of this painting is 26 1/8 x 18 3/4 inches, it was painted in 1846 and is signed and dated in the lower right corner. Joseph Nash studied art and architecture with Augustus Charles Pugin, becoming known for his finely detailed images of British architecture, from cathedrals to castles and manors. He would very often place a group of people in the foreground of his compositions, in a way that brought life and energy to the architecture, as can be seen in this image.
Engraving, hand-colored aquatint, image size 12 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches, after T.S. Robbins, inscribed in the plate T.S. Robbins, Del. l.l. and "J. Harris Sculpt." l.r., titled in the plate l.c., Plate 1, from Fores's Marine Sketches, published 1851 by Fores, 41 Piccadilly, London. The brig Xarifa races the Mirage, H. M. S. Yacht Victoria & Albert & Fairy, Musquito, Bianca, and Pearl, in the English Channel.