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Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

George Andrews (active 1794-1813)

Cape Palos, 1805

TO THE R.T HON.BLE LORD VISCOUNT NESLON, K.B. DUKE OF BRONTE, &c. &c. &c. / This Print representing the sinking of His Majesty's Sloop ARROW after a gallant resistance, and the ACHERON leading away L'HORTENSE in a direction... published 21 Oct 1805

Aquatint with engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 44.2 x 61.7 cm (image) | RCIN 735116

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A view of the sinking of H.M. sloop Arrow by the French off Cape Palos on 5 February 1805. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15)

The captain of the bomb vessel H.M.S. Acheron was Arthur (later Sir Arthur, and Rear-Admiral) Farquhar (1772-1843). The Acheron and the Arrow were, under Farquhar's command, in charge of a convoy, but were captured, after a strenuous defence, by the two larger French frigates Incorruptible and Hortense. Court martialled after the action, Farqhar was honourably acquitted.

One of a pair of prints; the companion print is at RCIN 735115.

  • George Andrews (active 1794-1813) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Published Oct. 21. 1805, by G. Andrews, N.o 7, Charing Cross.

    After Francis Sartorius (d. after 1808) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by F. Sartorius.

    Joseph Jeakes (1778-c. 1829) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by J. Jeakes.

    Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible on print; backing paper, cropped: E & P

    Condition: no fold lines; slight surface dirt

  • 39.2 x 61.7 cm (neatline)

    44.2 x 61.7 cm (image)

    47.2 x 66.7 cm (platemark)

    49.2 x 68.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    TO THE R.T HON.BLE LORD VISCOUNT NESLON, K.B. DUKE OF BRONTE, &c. &c. &c. / This Print representing the sinking of His Majesty's Sloop ARROW after a gallant resistance, and the ACHERON leading away L'HORTENSE in a direction from the Convoy, at ½ past eight on the morning of the 4,,th of Feb,,y 1805, off Cape Palos, at which time the Merchantmen were at / a considerable distance effecting their escape, which was happily accomplished. / Is (by Permission) most humbly Dedicated, by his most obliged humble Servant, / George Andrews.

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 2; [top left, black pencil:] XV-116. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand]: 170.a.(ii); [centre, black pencil:] 2; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the sinking of H.M. Sloop Arrow after a gallant resistance, and the Acheron leading away l'Hortense, on the 4.th of Feb.y 1805, off Cape Palos: by Sartorius, engraved by Jeakes and published by Andrews, 1805.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Cabo de Palos, Murcia, Spain (37°38'04"N 00°41'25"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.170.a

    J.K. Laughton, 'Farquhar, Sir Arthur (1772–1843)', rev. Roger Morriss, Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004; online edition 2007.

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