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Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Battle of Pulau Aur, 1804

REPULSE of LINOIS by the CHINA FLEET published Jan 1805

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.4 x 70.2 cm (image) | RCIN 735110

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A view of the Battle of Pulo Aura, in the Strait of Malacca, on 15 February 1804 which resulted in the defeat of the French fleet, commanded by Rear-Admiral Charles-Alexandre Léon Durand, comte de Linois (1761-1848) by the British East India Company's fleet, commanded by Commodore Nathaniel Dance (1748-1827). Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

Commodore Dance sailed with the homeward-bound East India Company's fleet of 16 Indiamen, laden with trade goods and other property, and 11 other ships from Canton on 31 January 1804. Two weeks later, off Pulo Aor (now Pulau Aur) they encountered a French squadron whose admiral, Linois, mistook them for fighting ships of the line. After firing a few shots the French fled, pursued for a while by Dance. His successful and bold action in safely escorting the trade ships earned him a knighthood and considerable pecuniary rewards.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (publisher) [bottom centre, below dedication:] Published January 1805. by R. Dodd. Charing Cross. London.

    Sir Nathaniel Dance (1748-1827) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: J Ruse / 1800

    Condition: no fold lines; tear to right edge. Verso: surface dirt

  • 44.5 x 70.2 cm (neatline)

    48.4 x 70.2 cm (image)

    51.9 x 76.5 cm (platemark)

    53.6 x 78.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    REPULSE of LINOIS by the CHINA FLEET. [bottom centre, below view]


    [bottom, below title:] This View, comprising Portraits of the several Ships in the Fleet, on that memorable day, making Sail in pursuit of / the retreating Enemy; Is with the greatest respect Inscribed to the respective Commanders, By their Obed,,t Servant / Rob:t Dodd.


    (Recto) [black pencil, between title and neatline, in Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand:] 15 Feby. 1804; [top left, black pencil:] XV-110; [bottom left, black pencil:] 7. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand]: 163.c (ii); [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] Pair £ 1.11.6.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the China Fleet making sail in pursuit of the French Squadron commanded by Rear Admiral Linois, on the of Feb.y 1804: by R. Dodd, 1805.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Pulau Aur Island, Johore, Malaysia (22°70'00"N 104°31'00"E)

  • 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.163.c

    J.K. Laughton, 'Dance, Sir Nathaniel (1748–1827)', Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004; online edition 2008.

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