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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Guernsey, 1794

This View of the ACTION on S,,t George’s Day 1794, between a Detachment of HIS MAJESTY’S FRIGATES, under the Command of Sir John Borlase Warren Bar,,t and FOUR FRENCH FRIGATES / Is most respectfully Inscribed to the Commodore... published 1794

Aquatint with etching and engraving; laid down on paper which is brought round the edges of the recto | 41.7 x 64.1 cm (image) | RCIN 735022

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A view of the action on 23 April 1794 between five British frigates, commanded by Sir John Borlase Warren (1753-1822) and four French frigates, resulting in the capture by the British of three of the French ships. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

This action, which was part of the plan to blockade Brest and capture French frigates which were damaging British trade, took place about 26 nautical miles (about 30 miles; 48 km) south-west of Guernsey. The captured French frigate Pomone, considered to be the 'finest frigate afloat', was added to the Royal Navy under the same name with, in 1795, Warren (who was made a Knight of the Bath on 30 May 1794) in command.

The Gazette Extraordinary which is referred to in the engraved text below the view is the London Gazette no. 13646 pp.377-9, 28 April 1794.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (artist and publisher) [bottom right, below text:] London, Published July 31. 1794 by B. B. Evans, Poultry & R. Dodd, Lisson Green, Paddington; [bottom left, below text:] Engraved from an original Picture Painted by R, Dodd, in the Possession of Sir George Warren Bar.t

    Benjamin Beale Evans (active 1787-1805) (publisher)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 38.5 x 64.1 cm (neatline)

    41.7 x 64.1 cm (image)

    44.0 x 68.6 cm (platemark)

    45.3 x 69.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    This View of the ACTION on S,,t George’s Day 1794, between a Detachment of HIS MAJESTY’S FRIGATES, under the Command of Sir John Borlase Warren Bar,,t and FOUR FRENCH FRIGATES / Is most respectfully Inscribed to the Commodore, and the several Captains under his Command, By their obedient humble Servants / R,, Dodd & B,, B,, Evans. [bottom, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, left of title, a list of the names, numbers of guns, and names of commanders, of the English ships:] English Force. [Bottom right, right of title, a list of the names, numbers of guns, and names of commanders of the French ships:] French Force. [Bottom centre, below title:] This Scene represents La Babel as struck, La Pomone disabled, & on the point of surrendering by the Arethusa, while the Concord, Melampus & Nymphe, are making Sail after the other French Ships, by Signal from the Commodore, who from leading the Line into Action, is disabled from continuing the pursuit / See Gazette Extraordinary April 28 1794.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 23 April 1794 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 100.a; [top left, black pencil:] 5; [top right, black pencil:] 5; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1794-5; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 5.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Action on S.t George’s Day (23d April) 1794 between a Detachment of H.M. Frigates under the command Sir I.B. Warren Bar.t and four French Frigates: by Dodd and Evans, 1794.

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

  • Subject(s)

    near Guernsey, English Channel (49°15'38"N 03°09'30"W approx.)

  • 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.100.a. The words which appear in upper case in the title are engraved in faint outline letters. The companion print is at RCIN 735023.1.a

    M. Lester, 'Warren, Sir John Borlase, baronet (1753–1822)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edn 2008.

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