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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

John Harris (active 1771-1812)

Porto Cavallo, 1799 published 1 Jul 1800

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 46.0 x 67.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735080.a

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A view of the taking of the Spanish frigate Hermione from the Port of Cabello, Venzuela, 25 October 1799. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): Anglo-Spanish Wars (1796-1802)

The Hermione was a British ship which had been captured by the Spaniards and was now re-taken by the British. The lettering of the text is faintly engraved, and the upper-case letters are engraved in outline, suggesting the possibility that this is a proof impression.

The companion print is at RCIN 735080.b.

  • John Harris (active 1771-1812) (publisher) [bottom centre, below edge of view:] London Published July 1 1800 by John Harris Printseller, No 3 Sweetings Alley, Cornhill & No 8 Old Broad Street.

    After Thomas Whitcombe (?1763-1824) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] T. Whitcomb Pinxt

    John William Edy (1760 or 1762-1820) (aquatinter) [bottom right, below edge of view:] J. W. Edy Aquatinta

  • Watermark: [on backing paper, cropped:] 1794 [JWHATMAN]

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 46.0 x 67.5 cm (image)

    48.1 x 70.3 cm (platemark)

    49.6 x 71.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    The Cutting of the SPANISH (late his MAJESTY's) FRIGATE the HERMIONE, out of Porto Cavallo in the Island of CUBA, / On the Morning of the 25th of October 1799 by CAP.TN SIR EDWARD HAMILTON BAR.T with the Boats of his MAJESTY'S FRIGATE the SURPRIZE. [bottom centre, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom centre, below title, an acount of the action. Text begins:] The Hermione was laying in the Harbour of Porto Cavallo, nearly ready for Sea ...


    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement in Porto Cavallo 25 Oct 1799 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by backing paper: the George III heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 148.f; [top right, black pencil:] 56; [bottom right, black pencil:] 53; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 53.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Two views of the cutting of the Spanish (late His Majesty's) Frigate the Hermione out of Porto Cavallo in the Island of Cuba, on the morning of the of Oct.r 1799; by Captain Sir Edward Hamilton Bar.t with the Boats of H.M. Frigate the Surprize: by T. Whitcomb, engraved by Edy and published by Harris, 1800.

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

  • Subject(s)

    ?Pasacaballos, Cienfuegos, Cuba (22°03'48''N 80°27'30''W)

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