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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Porto Cavallo, 1799

To CAPTAIN SIR EDWARD HAMILTON Kt This View of towing the HERMIONE out of the Harbour of PORTO CAVALLO, / after Cutting her Cables and gaining Possession of the Quarter Deck is most respectfully Inscribed by his Obedient... published 1 Sept 1800

Aquatint with engraving and etching with some roulette work; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 49.1 x 64.4 cm (image) | RCIN 735082

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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).

The 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 735081.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by R Dodd; [bottom centre, below title:] London Published by R. Dodd N.o 41 Charing Cross Six Doors from the Admiralty. Septr 1 1800.

    Sir Edward Hamilton (1772-1851) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: [cropped, indistinct, on backing paper?:] 1798

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: surface dirt

  • 45.3 x 64.4 cm (neatline)

    49.1 x 64.4 cm (image)

    52.3 x 69.6 cm (platemark)

    53.6 x 70.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To CAPTAIN SIR EDWARD HAMILTON Kt This View of towing the HERMIONE out of the Harbour of PORTO CAVALLO, / after Cutting her Cables and gaining Possession of the Quarter Deck is most respectfully Inscribed by his Obedient humble Servant / Robt Dodd. [bottom, below view]

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement in Port 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.a (ii); [top right, black pencil:] 53; [bottom right, black pencil:] 50; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 50.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of towing the Hermione out of the Harbour of Porto Cavallo, after cutting her cables and gaining possession of the Quarter Deck, 25.th Oct.r 1799: by R. Dodd, 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)

  • 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.148. One of a pair of prints by Dodd which may be the pair referred to at Parker 148.a; however, Parker states that no engraver, publisher, or date are given; it is possible that these details may have been trimmed from the examples described by him

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