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Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Cordouan, 1809

To Sir MICHAEL SEYMOUR Bar,t his Officers and Seamen, this View, of their Action with the NEIMEN [i.e. Niemen] on the 6,th of April 1809 / being the second french Frigate of superior force taken by them, in his Majesty's Ship... 1809 or later

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 42.3 x 57.9 cm (image) | RCIN 735144

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A view of HMS Amethyst capturing the French frigate Niemen in the Cordouan Shoals on 6 April 1809. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

Sir Michael Seymour (1768-1834) was created a baronet on 31 May 1809 and so this print, which refers to him as a baronet, must have been made after that date. Having been promoted to Captain on 11 August 1800, Seymour was appointed to the 36-gun frigate Amethyst, seen on the right in this view, in June 1806.

This print may have been produced as one of a pair with RCIN 735142. The imprint and the signatory of the dedication are very faintly etched.

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] London published by R. Dodd, 41 Charing Cross.

    Sir Michael Seymour, 1st Baronet (1768-1834) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: brown discolouration

  • 39.1 x 57.9 cm (neatline)

    42.3 x 57.9 cm (image)

    45.4 x 63.0 cm (platemark)

    47.5 x 65.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To Sir MICHAEL SEYMOUR Bar,t his Officers and Seamen, this View, of their Action with the NEIMEN [i.e. Niemen] on the 6,th of April 1809 / being the second french Frigate of superior force taken by them, in his Majesty's Ship AMETHYST, within the space of five Months, is respectfully Inscribed / By their Obedt Servant R. Dodd. [bottom, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, below title:] Amethyst 36 Guns Neimen 44 Guns.

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV.144; [bottom right, black pencil:] 4. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 199.b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Action between H.M. Ship the Amethyst, commanded by Sir M. Seymour Bar.t and the Niemen French Frigate on the 6.th of April 1809: by R. Dodd.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Cordouan, Charentes-Poitou, France (45°36'00"N 01°14'00"W)

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