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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Gibraltar, 1801 published 31 Dec 1802

Aquatint with engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.7 x 70.7 cm (image) | RCIN 735099

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A view of the preliminary stage of the second naval Battle of Algeciras, fought at night in the Strait of Gibraltar, on 12 July 1801 in which the British, commanded by Rear Admiral Saumarez, defeated the Franco-Spanish fleet. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): Anglo-Spanish War (1798-1802).

This view shows the British ships in the foreground, putting out to sea before engaging the Franco-Spanish ships in action during the night. Having been repulsed during the First Battle of Algeciras Bay on 6 July, Rear Admiral James Saumarez (1757-1836; 1st Baron Saumarez) captured a Spanish ship (two others having sunk) with no British losses.

One of a pair of prints; the companion is at RCIN 735098.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (publisher) [bottom centre, below dedication:] Published Dec.r 1802, by R. Dodd. N.o 41, Charing Cross, near the Admiralty.

    James Saumarez (1757-1836) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: surface dirt

  • 44.6 x 70.7 cm (neatline)

    48.7 x 70.7 cm (image)

    51.7 x 76.3 cm (platemark)

    53.8 x 78.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    GIBRALTAR BAY [bottom centre, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] To Sir James Saumarez Bar.t this View of his putting to Sea on the July 1801, with five sail of the Line and one Frigate, in the face of an Enemy, consisting of ten sail of the Line, two of which were of 112 Guns each; / with three Frigates, and several Gun Boats: is most respectfully inscribed by his Obed.t Serv.t / Rob.t Dodd.


    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-99; [bottom left, black pencil:] 23. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 157.a.(ii); [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 15f.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gibraltar Gibraltar Bay. View of Sir James Saumarez Bar.t putting to sea on the of July 1801, with 5 sail of the line and one frigate, in the face of an Enemy consisting of 10 sail of the line, 3 frigates and several gun boats: by R. Dodd, 1802. [The same entry appears under the heading Naval Engagement.]

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

  • Subject(s)

    Bay of Gibraltar (36°09'00"N 05°26'00"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.157.a

    A.B. Sainsbury, 'Saumarez, James, first Baron de Saumarez (1757–1836)', Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004; online edition 2008.

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