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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Battle of Copenhagen, 1801


Aquatint with engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.5 x 70.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735092

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A view of the Battle of Copenhagen, fought on 2 April 1801, between the British fleet, under the command of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker (1739-1807), and a Danish-Norwegian fleet which was anchored off Copenhagen, resulting in a strategic British victory. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802).

It was at this battle that Vice-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson famously ignored Rear-Admiral Sir Hyde Parker's order to withdraw, turning his blind eye to the signal and going on to destroy a number of enemy ships before a truce was agreed. This view shows the two fleets in line, with the buildings of Copenhagen in the background.

One of a pair of prints, the companion is at RCIN 735091.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by R. Dodd; [bottom centre, below dedication:] Published by R. Dodd, N.o 41 Charing Cross, Six doors from the Admiralty, Oct.r 1. 1801.

    Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) (dedicatee)

    Sir Thomas Graves (1747-1814) (dedicatee)

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

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: surface dirt

  • 44.2 x 70.5 cm (neatline)

    48.5 x 70.5 cm (image)

    52.0 x 76.9 cm (platemark)

    53.9 x 78.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    BOMBARDMENT OF COPENHAGEN. [bottom centre, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] To Vice Admiral LORD NELSON of the NILE, Rear Admiral SIR THOMAS GRAVES, K.B. the several Captains, the Officers, Seamen, & Marines under their Command, This Plate, Engraved in Commemoration / of their GLORIOUS VICTORY, is most respectfully Inscribed, by their Obedient humble Servant, / Rob,,t Dodd.


    George III heading [black pencil:] XV-92 April 2-1801.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 19. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 155.b(ii).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Battle of Copenhagen on the 2.d of April 1801: by R. Dodd, 1801.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark (55°40'33"N 12°33'55"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.155.b

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