CLEVELEY, John the Younger
(b. 1747, Deptford, d. 1786, London)

Launch of HMS Alexander at Deptford in 1778

c. 1778
Oil on canvas, 42 x 67 cm
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The 74-gun warship HMS 'Alexander' can be seen on the stocks in the background. There are a number of barges and smaller vessels, full of spectators, watching her launch.