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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Daniel Orme (1766-1837)

Battle of Camperdown, 1797

TO THE KING / This Engraving and Historical Representation of LORD VISCOUNT DUNCAN'S VICTORY and ADMIRAL DE WINTER'S RESIGNATION on Board the Venerable Octr 11th 1797 / Is most humbly Dedicated by His Majesty's most... published 21 Jun 1800

Stipple engraving with etching; printed on paper; index plate with letterpress text printed on the same sheet as the engraved key. View and index plate laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto of the view. | 48.6 x 57.5 cm (image of view) | RCIN 735061

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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. Between Duncan and de Winter, the following British officers are portrayed [left to right:] Lieutenant Oswald, Captain Sir W.G. Fairfax, Major Trollope, and Lieutenant Richardson.

The uppercase words in the title of the view are engraved in outline, and the other words are also faintly engraved, suggesting that this is a proof copy, as noted in the annotations on the verso.

  • Daniel Orme (1766-1837) (artist, engraver and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by Mr Orme on Board the Venerable; [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by Dan.l Orme Historical Engraver to His Majesty & the Prince of Wales [index plate, bottom centre:] Pub. at the British Naval & Military Gallery, Holles Street.

    Edward Orme (1775-28 September 1848) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Published & Sold June 21, 1800 by Danl Orme at his Gallery No 118 New Bond Street and Sold by Edwd Orme Printseller to the King No 59 New Bond Street

  • Watermark: View: none visible. Index plate: cropped, 1796.

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 48.6 x 57.5 cm (image of view)

    51.2 x 61.7 cm (platemark of view)

    42.5 x 57.5 cm (neatline of view)

    52.4 x 62.4 cm (sheet of view)

    25.8 x 39.7 cm (image of index plate)

    [cropped] x 21.6 cm (platemark of index plate)

    26.3 x 42.3 cm (sheet of index plate)

  • Printed title:

    TO THE KING / This Engraving and Historical Representation of LORD VISCOUNT DUNCAN'S VICTORY and ADMIRAL DE WINTER'S RESIGNATION on Board the Venerable Octr 11th 1797 / Is most humbly Dedicated by His Majesty's most Loyal Subject & Engraver / Danl Orme. [view with letterpress text; bottom, below view]

    Printed title:

    DESCRIPTION / OF THE / HISTORICAL PICTURE / OF / LORD VISCOUNT DUNCAN'S VICTORY / OVER THE DUTCH FLEET OFF CAMPERDOWN, / On the Eleventh of October, 1797. / Under the gracious Patronage of the King. [Engraved title:] Key to M.r Ormes Print & Picture of LORD DUNCAN'S Victory, over the Dutch Fleet. [index plate with letterpress text]


    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 11 Oct 1797.

    Other annotations (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the George III heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 126.e [the ‘e’ is crossed out in black pencil in a modern hand and the following added:] (open letter proof); [top left, black pencil:] 30; [top right, black pencil:] 32; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 30.


    (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; top left, black pencil:] 9; [top right, black pencil:] 32 [or 39] Key to.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of Lord Viscount Duncan's Victory and Admiral de Winter's Resignation on board the Venerable, Oct.r 1797: by D. Orme, 1800: with an Index Plate and a Description.

  • 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.e

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