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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Bowyer (1758-1834)

Pointe-à-Pitre, 1795

The Death of / CAPTAIN FAULKNOR / MORT DU / Capitaine Faulknor Published 1 Jan 1800

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 71.6 x 45.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735034

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A view of the death of Captain Robert Faulknor (also spelled 'Faulkner') on board the Blanche while engaged with the French ship Pique, off Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, 5 January 1795. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

This long and hard-fought action took place during the night or early morning of 5 January 1795 from about 1.00 am to 5.30 am and resulted in a British victory.

This appears to be a proof copy of Parker 105.c. The lettering of the title is very faintly engraved and the upper case letters are engraved in outline. According to the inscriptions on the verso of the print, it was purchased as a proof for two guineas. The date on this impression is given as 1800 whereas the imprint on the published version, according to Parker, is 1801.

  • Robert Bowyer (bap. 18 June 1758-4 June 1834) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Publish’d Jan 1. 1800. by R. Bowyer at the Historic Gallery Pall Mall, Proprietor of the splendid undertaking of the History of England.

    After Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Stothard R.A. Pinx.t

    William Bromley (1769-1842) (engraver)

    C Blackberd (active 1784-1810) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Bromley Aqua fortis fecit, Blackberd sculp,,t

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 71.6 x 45.5 cm (image)

    not visible (platemark)

    61.5 x 45.5 cm (neatline)

    75.5 x 49.5 cm (sheet) (whole object)

  • Printed title:

    The Death of / CAPTAIN FAULKNOR / MORT DU / Capitaine Faulknor. [bottom centre, below view, between English text to the left and French text to the right]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, left of title:] A faithful representation of the spirited Engagement between the / Blanche Frigate and Le Pique, at the moment when the brave and / meritorious Captain Faulknor fell, being shot through the heart by / a frenchman from the enemy's bowsprit, just after having lashed it to the Capstan of the Blanche with his own hands … [text continues with a further account of the engagement. The same text in French is engraved right of the title, begins:] Représentation exacte d'un Engagement …

    Annotations:

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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 105.c.; [bottom right, black pencil:] Proof £2.2.0 [and:] 1795-1; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Engagement between the Blanche Frigate and le Pique on the 5.th of January 1795, representing the death of Captain Faulkner: by Stothard, engraved by Bromley and Blackberd, 1800.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, West Indies (16°14'31"N 61°32'03"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.105.c

    W. James, The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV. A new edition, with additions and notes, 6 vols, London, 1837, vol.1, pp.278-82.

    T. Wareham, 'Faulknor, Robert (1763–1795)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edn 2008.

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