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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Cape St Vincent, 1797

View 1st of the Victory obtained by the BRITISH FLEET, Commanded by ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JERVIS KB: over the grand FLEET OF SPAIN off Cape S.t Vincents on the 14.th of February, 1797. / most respectfully Inscribed to the... published 20 Jun 1797

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 47.6 x 69.4 cm (image) | RCIN 735049.a

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A view of the British fleet, commanded by Admiral Sir John Jervis (1735-1823), and including the Captain (Commodore Horatio Nelson) pursuing and defeating the larger Spanish fleet, commanded by Don José de Cordova off Cape St Vincent on 14 February 1797. Anglo-Spanish War (1796-1808)

In the aftermath of the battle, Jervis was made Baron Jervis of Meaford and Earl St Vincent, and Nelson was knighted as a member of the Order of the Bath.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (artist, engraver and publisher) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Painted and Engraved by R. Dodd; bottom centre, below title and text:] London published by R. Dodd N.o 22 Lisson Green, 20.th June 1797; [bottom right, aquatinted in view, initials:] RD.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 43.5 x 69.4 cm (neatline)

    47.6 x 69.4 cm (image)

    50.0 x 74.6 cm (platemark)

    50.8 x 75.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    View 1st of the Victory obtained by the BRITISH FLEET, Commanded by ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JERVIS KB: over the grand FLEET OF SPAIN off Cape S.t Vincents on the 14.th of February, 1797. / most respectfully Inscribed to the Commander in Chief, the Admirals, and the several Captains of the Fleet By their Obedient humble Servant / Rob.t Dodd. [bottom centre, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom centre, below title:] The point of Time here represented is about half past eleven o Clock in the Morning, the Weather hazy, and the Van of the British Fleet under a press of Sail, and forming in a double Line cutting their Way through that of the Enemy and thereby seperating Five Sail of the Line and three Frigates from their Main Body, which led to their Total Defeat - N.B. the British Fleet consisted of 15 Ships of the Line with 4 Frigates, the Spanish Fleet was 27 of the Line with 10 Frigates.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 14 Feb 1797 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 122.n; [top left, black pencil:] 16; [top right, black pencil:] 13; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 16.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Two Views of the Victory obtained by the British Fleet commanded by Admiral Sir John Jervis, over the Grand Fleet of Spain off Cape S.t Vincent, on the 14.th of February 1797: by R. Dodd, 1797.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Cabo de São Vicente, Portugal (37°01'21"N 08°59'25"W)

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