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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

John Harris (active 1771-1812)

Porto Cavallo, 1799

The Cutting of the SPANISH (late his MAJESTY's) FRIGATE the HERMIONE out of Porto Cavallo 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 | 45.5 x 67.2 cm (image) | RCIN 735080.b

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

Hermione was a British ship which had been captured by the Spaniards and was now re-taken by the British.

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

    Sir Edward Hamilton (1772-1851) (dedicatee)

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

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 42.7 x 67.2 cm (neatline)

    45.5 x 67.2 cm (image)

    47.4 x 70.2 cm (platemark)

    49.1 x 71.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    The Cutting of the SPANISH (late his MAJESTY's) FRIGATE the HERMIONE out of Porto Cavallo. [bottom centre, below view]


    [bottom, below title and text:] To Captain Sir Edward Hamilton Bar,,t the Officers and Crew, of His Majesty's Ship the Surprize, These Prints are Dedicated by John Harris.

    Additional text:

    [bottom centre, below title, an acount of the action. Text begins:] The Spanish Crew retreated to the Quarter Deck, where a most dreadful Carnage took place ... [bottom left, left of title, a recapitulation of the numbers of guns, men, killed, etc:] Force of the HERMIONE [bottom right, right of title the names of the wounded:] In the Boats of the SURPRIZE, 100 Officers & Men. None Killed.


    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 paper backing: the George III heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 148.f; [top right, black pencil:] 55; [bottom right, black pencil:] 52; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 52.

    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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