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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

John Boydell (19 January 1720-12 December 1804) and Josiah Boydell (18 January 1752-27 March 1817)

Tory Island, 1798

TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS William Henry, Duke of Clarence & S,,t Andrews, Earl of Munster, AND ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE; / This Plate, representing the Surrender of the Hoche & Coquille, the Ethalion's action, the Anson engaging five... published 1 Oct 1799

Etching and engraving; printed on paper, laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 43.2 x 52.7 cm (image) | RCIN 735074.b

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A view of the attack and defeat of a French squadron commanded by Jean-Baptiste-François Bompart (1757-1842) by a detachment of British ships commanded by Sir John Borlase Warren (1753-1822) near Tory Island, Ireland, 12 October 1798. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802); Irish Rebellion (1798)

One of a pair of prints, the companion print is at RCIN 735074.a. The upper case letters are engraved in outline and some of the text is engraved very faintly, indicating, perhaps, that this is a proof copy.

This action is known as the Battle of Tory Island, or the Battle of Donegal, and also the Battle of Lough Swilly or Warren's Action. Warren's victory over the French ended the French attempts to land forces in Ireland at this time.

  • John Boydell (19 January 1720-12 December 1804) and Josiah Boydell (18 January 1752-27 March 1817) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Pub. Oct.r. 1799, for MARK OATES, by J. & J. BOYDELL, N 90, Cheapside, & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London.

    After Mark Oates (active 1799) (artist) [bottom left, below the ship name ‘L'Hoche’, below edge of view:] Drawn by Captain Mark Oates of the Marines

    James Fittler (1758-1835) (engraver) [bottom right, below ships' names, below edge of view:] Engraved by James Fittler Marine Engraver to His Majesty

    William IV, King of the United Kingdom (1765-1837) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 36.1 x 52.7 cm (neatline)

    43.2 x 52.7 cm (image)

    44.5 x 56.3 cm (platemark)

    46.0 x 57.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS William Henry, Duke of Clarence & S,,t Andrews, Earl of Munster, AND ADMIRAL OF THE BLUE; / This Plate, representing the Surrender of the Hoche & Coquille, the Ethalion's action, the Anson engaging five French frigates as they passed, & the pursuit of the remainder of the French squadron Commanded by Mons Bompard, Chef d'Escadre / by a detachment of his Majesty's Ships under the Command of Sir J.B. Warren, Bar.t K.B. near the Rosses on the Coast of Ireland, on the evening of the 12,,th Oct,,r 1798, is respectfully dedicated / By His Most Obedient Humble Servant / Mark Oates. [bottom, below view]

    Printed title:

    PL. II [top right, above edge of view]

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Naval Engagement 12 Oct 1798 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:] 137a; [top right, black pencil:] 53; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 51.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Two Views of the attack and defeat of the French Squadron commanded by M. Bompard, by a Detachment of H.M. Ships under the command of Sir I.B. Warren, near the Rosses on the coast of Ireland, 12.th Oct.r 1798: by Captain Mark Oates, engraved by Fittler, 1799.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Tory Island, Ulster, Northern Ireland (55°15'52"N 08°13'16"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.137.a

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