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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Toulon, 1794

His Majesty’s Frigate JUNO, Escaping from the Inner Harbour of TOULON, on the Night of the 11th of January 1794 published 1800

Aquatint with etching and engraving. Laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto. | 49.3 x 63.9 cm (image) | RCIN 735021.a

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A view of the escape from Toulon Harbour on 11 January 1794 of the Juno, Captain Samuel Hood; together with letterpress sheet (RCIN 735021.b) giving an account of the action taken from the London Gazette for 22 February 1794. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

Captain Samuel Hood (a distant relation to Lord Samuel Hood after whom he was named) had sailed his ship Juno into Toulon Harbour in search of the British Fleet, which, unknown to him, had already departed. Running aground, he was hailed by the French, wearing the national cockades. Realising his mistake, he managed to free the ship and escape.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (artist and publisher) [bottom centre, below title and dedication:] Published May 1st 1800, by R. Dodd, Charing Cross, Six doors from the Admiralty; [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by R. Dood [sic].

    Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood (1762-1814) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 44.8 x 63.9 cm (neatline)

    49.3 x 63.9 cm (image)

    52.0 x 69.4 cm (platemark)

    53.0 x 70.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    His Majesty’s Frigate JUNO, Escaping from the Inner Harbour of TOULON, on the Night of the 11th of January 1794. [view with letterpress text pasted to the left edge; bottom, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] To CAPTAIN SAMUEL HOOD. This Plate Engraved from an Original Picture in Possession of the Right Hon.ble LORD VISCOUNT HOOD, / Is most respectfully Inscribed by his Obliged humble Servant / Rob,,t Dodd.


    George III heading [black pencil:] Military Toulon 11 Jan 1794 Port folio No 3 - G – 3.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the old heading; bottom left, black pencil:] 98*; [top left, black pencil:] 2; [top right, black pencil:] 2; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1794-2; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Toulon H.M. Frigate Juno escaping from the inner Harbour of Toulon in the night of the of Jan.y 1794: by R. Dodd, 1800: with a Description.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (43°07'00"N 05°56'00"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    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.I, p.194.

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