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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

John Harris (active 1771-1812)

Battle of Camperdown, 1797

The Defeat of the Dutch Fleet under the Command of ADMIRAL DE WINTER by a British Squadron / Commanded by ADMIRAL LORD VISCOUNT DUNCAN, off Camperdown, on the 11th of October 1797 published 25 Apr 1798

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 47.1 x 67.1 cm (image) | RCIN 735059

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A view of the Battle of Camperdown, fought on 11 October 1797 between a British fleet under the command of Admiral Adam Duncan, and a Dutch fleet commanded by Vice-Admiral Jan de Winter, resulting in a British victory. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802).

This naval battle was a major engagement resulting in what was considered to be the greatest ever victory for a British fleet against an equal opponent up to that date. Admiral Duncan was created 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown on 30 October 1797.

  • John Harris (active 1771-1812) (publisher) [bottom centre, below dedication:] London. Published April 25, 1798. by John Harris. N.o 3. Sweetings Alley Royal Exchange. & N.o 8 Old Bond Street.

    Robert Clevely (1747-1809) (artist) [bottom left, below key names of ships:] Drawn by Robert Clevely.

    John William Edy (1760 or 1762-1820) (engraver) [bottom right, below ship names Leyden and Belliqueux:] Engraved by J.W. Edy.

    Robert Sutton (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: Cropped: 1794

    Condition: no fold lines; paper backing brought round edges of recto

  • 44.1 x 67.1 cm (neatline)

    47.1 x 67.1 cm (image)

    49.1 x 71.8 cm (platemark)

    50.9 x 72.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    The Defeat of the Dutch Fleet under the Command of ADMIRAL DE WINTER by a British Squadron / Commanded by ADMIRAL LORD VISCOUNT DUNCAN, off Camperdown, on the 11th of October 1797. [bottom, below view]

    Dedication:

    [bottom centre, below title:] To Robert Sutton Esq,,r of Abridge, Essex. This Print from the Original Drawing (by Robert Cleveley) in his Possession, is / respectfully dedicated, by his Humble & Obedient Servant. / John Harris.

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below edge of view, from left to right, as they appear in the view, the names of the principal ships; bottom left, left of title, a list of the ships of the English force together with the number of guns; bottom right, right of title, a list of the ships of the Dutch force, together with the number of guns]
     

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 11 Oct 1797 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the George III heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 126.m; [top left, black pencil:] 33; [top right, black pencil:] 34; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 33.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement The defeat of the Dutch Fleet commanded by Admiral de Winter, by a British Squadron commanded by Admiral Lord Duncan off Camperdown, on the 11.th of Oct.r 1797: by R. Cleveley, engraved by Edy, published by Harris, 1798.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Camperduin, North Holland, Netherlands (52°43'11"N 04°38'37"E)

  • 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.126.m. Parker has wrongly recorded Harris’s address as 8 Sweetings Alley, instead of 3 Sweetings Alley.

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