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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

William Adlam (1750-1823)

Île de Groix, 1795

This View of the BRITISH FLEET Engaging & Pursuing that of the FRENCH, into Port Louis, 23.d June 1795, with Three Captur'd Ships of the Line, Le Formidable, Le Tigre, and Alexander / Is most humbly dedicated by... Published 1 June 1796

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.5 x 69.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735037

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A view of the British fleet commanded by Admiral Lord Bridport engaging and pursuing that of the French into Port Louis on 23 June 1795, with three captured ships of the line. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8). Proof impression.

This naval engagement, which resulted in a British victory, was known as the Second Battle of Groix and was fought between the British fleet, commanded by Alexander Hood, 1st Viscount Bridport, and the French fleet, commanded by Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse.

  • William Adlam (1750-1823) (artist and publisher [bottom left, below edge of border:] Drawn by Major Adlam; [bottom centre, below coat of arms:] Pub.d June 1 1796 by W: Adlam, Lark Hall House near Bath

    Francis Jukes (1745-1812) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of border:] Engraved by F. Jukes.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 43.0 x 69.5 cm (neatline)

    48.5 x 69.5 cm (image)

    50.8 x 75.4 cm (platemark)

    51.6 x 76.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    This View of the BRITISH FLEET Engaging & Pursuing that of the FRENCH, into Port Louis, 23.d June 1795, with Three Captur'd Ships of the Line, Le Formidable, Le Tigre, and Alexander / Is most humbly dedicated by permission to the Right Hon.ble Lord Bridport K.B. Vice Admiral of England, Admiral of the White, and Commander in Chief on that Occasion, / by his obedient Servant, / W.m Adlam, / Major of his Majesty’s Marine Forces. [bottom, below the triple engraved framing lines of the view, to each side of the coat of arms of Lord Hood]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, between edge of view and inner line border, the names of the ships, engraved below the position of each in the view.] [Bottom left, below title, in faintly engraved lettering:] Proof Impression.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 23 June 1795 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, on paper backing, black pencil:] 1795. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 110.d.; [top right, black pencil:] 8; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1795-8; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 6.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the British Fleet commanded by Admiral Lord Bridport engaging and pursuing that of the French into Port Louis on the 23.rd of June 1795; with three captured Ships of the Line: by Major Adlam, engraved by Jukes, 1796.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Île de Groix, Brittany, France (47°38'12"N 03°27'40"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.110. The action is described in Parker under the heading ‘Bridport’s Victory off L’Orient’. This view is not included in the prints accompaning the entry and appears to be an earlier repesentation of the action than those listed by Parker

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