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Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Battle of Trafalgar, 1805

VICTORY of TRAFALGAR, in the VAN published 1 Mar 1806

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 48.5 x 71.2 cm (image) | RCIN 735121.c

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A view of the final stages of the naval Battle of Trafalgar, fought on 21 October 1805 between the British and the French, resulting in a British victory. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15)

This view shows the forward ships of the British fleet, flying the White Ensign (a red St George's Cross on a white field with the Union Flag in the upper canton; Nelson had been promoted to Vice-Admiral of the White on 23 April 1804), engaging with the French ships, seen here in the background.

This is the third of four views (Plates 1 and 2 are unnumbered in this set) by Dodd of the Battle of Trafalgar. The companion prints are at RCINs 735121.a,b,d. These appear to be the originals of the views described in Parker 175.a which refers to a reprint made in 1843 by J.W. Laird. Laird's views, which appear to be a restrike from the original copperplates, were apparently reprinted about 1960.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (draughtsman, engraver and publisher) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Drawn & Engraved by R. Dodd; [bottom centre, below dedication:] Published by R. Dodd, N.o 41 Charing Cross 6, Doors from the Admiralty March 1 1806.

  • Watermark: On print?, cropped: SMITH [and] 180[?]

    Condition: no fold lines; small tear to right edge. Verso: induced discolouration

  • 45.2 x 71.2 cm (neatline)

    48.5 x 71.2 cm (image)

    52.2 x 76.3 cm (platemark)

    53.8 x 78.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    VICTORY of TRAFALGAR, in the VAN. [bottom centre, below view]

    Printed title:

    Plate 3. [bottom left, below edge of view]

    Dedication:

    [bottom, below title:] This Scene at nearly the close of the Action with a View of the French Admiral Dumonoir and the Ships of his Division, making their escape to Windward, is most respectfully / inscribed to Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood, the Right Honble Lord Northesk, the several Captains, the Officers, Seamen & Marines of the Van Division / by their devoted Servant / Robt Dodd.

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 19; [top left, black pencil:] VX-121-c. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 175.a.(3); [centre, black pencil:] 19; [centre, black pencil, obscured by backing paper:] 19.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Four views of the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21.st of Oct. 1805: by R. Dodd, 1806. [The same entry occurs under the heading Trafalgar.]

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

  • Subject(s)

    Cabo Trafalgar, Andalusia, Spain (36°10'51"N 06°02'01"W)

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