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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

After Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821)

Cape Henry, 1795

To CAPT:N the HON:BLE A. F. COCHRANE, of His Majesty’s Ship THETIS. CAPTAIN BERESFORD of the HUSSAR, the Officers, Seamen & Marines, of their respective Ships. / This representation of their Action with five Sail (2 of which... Published 1 Jan 1801

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 45.9 x 60.3 cm (image) | RCIN 735036

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A view of the action between the British ships Thetis and Hussar, and five French ships of war near Cape Henry on 17 May 1795, in which the British captured four of the French ships. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

The date of June 17 in the title is in error; the action occurred on May 17. The title is engraved very faintly suggesting that this may be a proof copy.

  • Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by N. Pocock; [bottom centre, below text, to each side of vignette:] London Published Jan.y 1.st 1801 by N. Pocock G.t George Str: Westminster.

    Robert Pollard (c. 1755/6-1839) (engraver)

    John Wells (active 1784-1809) (aquatinter) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engd by R. Pollard [and:] Aquatinted by J.Wells.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 41.1 x 60.3 cm (neatline)

    45.9 x 60.3 cm (image)

    48.1 x 65.2 cm (platemark)

    49.1 x 66.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To CAPT:N the HON:BLE A. F. COCHRANE, of His Majesty’s Ship THETIS. CAPTAIN BERESFORD of the HUSSAR, the Officers, Seamen & Marines, of their respective Ships. / This representation of their Action with five Sail (2 of which were taken 3 escaped) of French Ships of War near Cape Henry June 17,th 1795, is respectfully Inscribed by / Nicholas Pocock. [bottom, below view, to each side of a vignette framed by branches, an anchor and shield with the union flag, and a female figure blowing a trumpet]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below title, engraved on three lines to each side of the vignette, a description of the action:] Extract.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 17 June 1795.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 108.c.; [top right, black pencil:] 7; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1795-7; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 5 [and, bottom right, black pencil:] 16f.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of the Action between H.M. Ships Thetis, Captain Cochrane, and Hussar, Captain Beresford, and five sail of French Ships of War near Cape Henry, on the 17.th of June 1795: by N. Pocock, engraved by Wells, 1801.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Cape Henry, Virginia, USA (36°55'53"N 76°01'11"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.108. This aquatint is not described under entry 108

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