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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

After John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)

Battle of Camperdown, 1797


Mezzotint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 62.0 x 76.3 cm (image) | RCIN 735062

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A view of Admiral Adam Duncan receiving the surrender of Vice Admiral Jan de Winter after the Battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

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, 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.

This view shows Admiral Duncan, on the left, hat in left hand with his right hand outstretched, and the Dutch Admiral de Winter, in a long black coat offering his sword in surrender.

  • John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by J.S. Copley Esq.r R.A. FAA.

    James Ward (1769-1859) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by James Ward, Painter, & Engraver in Mezzotinto to H.R.H. the P. of Wales.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines; three pronounced tears to bottom edge (2.9 cm, 4.8 cm, and 4.1 cm) were repaired when the print was laid down on the paper backing; some surface dirt

  • 57.0 x 76.3 cm (neatline)

    62.0 x 76.3 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    63.0 x 79.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    THE VICTORY OF LORD DUNCAN. [bottom, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] To the Right Honourable John Spencer, Earl Spencer, Viscount Althorpe, / First Lord Comissioner of the Admiralty, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, L.L.D. &c. &c. &c. / This Work is, by his Lordship's permission, respectfully Dedicated by his Lordship's much obliged and most humble Servant, / J.S. Copley.


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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, encircled:] 126.f.; [top left, black pencil:] 28; [top right, black pencil:] 39.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement The Victory of Lord Duncan (Lord Duncan receiving Admiral de Winter's sword on board the Venerable, Oct.r 1797) by I.S. Copley, engraved by James Ward, 1800.

  • 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.f

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