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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Battle of Algeciras, 1801

BATTLE OF ALGESIRAS published 31 Dec 1802

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.8 x 70.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735098

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A view of the naval Battle of Algeciras, fought on 6 July 1801 in which the British were defeated by the Franco-Spanish fleet. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): Anglo-Spanish War (1798-1802).

The action depicted in this view was the First Battle of Algeciras Bay in the Strait of Gibraltar in which the British, under the command of Rear Admiral James Saumarez (1757-1836; 1st Baron Saumarez) were initially repulsed by the larger Franco-Spanish fleet and had one ship, the Hannibal, captured. The second battle, fought on the 12 July, resulted in a British victory.

One of a pair of prints; the companion is at RCIN 735099.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (publisher) [bottom centre, below dedication:] Published Dec.r 1802 by R. Dodd, Charing Cross, near the Admiralty.

    James Saumarez (1757-1836) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible on print; backing paper: J WHATMAN [date cropped]

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: surface dirt

  • 44.6 x 70.5 cm (neatline)

    48.8 x 70.5 cm (image)

    51.8 x 76.0 cm (platemark)

    53.8 x 77.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    BATTLE OF ALGESIRAS. [bottom, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] To Rear Admiral Sir James Saumarez Bar.t the Captains, Officers, & Seamen, under his Command, this View of their attacking the French Squadron & Batteries, in Algesiras Bay, on the July 1801: / is most respectfully inscribed by their obedient Serv.t / Rob.t Dodd.


    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-98; [bottom left, black pencil:] 22. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 157.a (i); [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 15f.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Battle of Algesiras. View of Rear Admiral Sir James Saumarez Bar.t attacking the French Squadron and Batteries in Algesiras Bay on the of July 1801: by R. Dodd, 1802.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Algeciras, Andalusia, Spain (36°07'59"N 05°27'01"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    H. Parker, Naval battles from the collection of prints formed and owned by Commander Sir Charles Leopold Cust,  With an introduction by C.N. Robinson, London, 1911, no.157.a

    A.B. Sainsbury, 'Saumarez, James, first Baron de Saumarez (1757–1836)', Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004; online edition 2008.

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