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ROBERT CRIBB & SON (ACTIVE 1789-1810)

Halifax, 1809

This Print representing the Action between His Majesty's Sloop BONNE CITOYENNE, and the French Frigate LA FURIEUSE on the 6,,th July, 1809, of the Western Islands / is Dedicated by permission to Captain William Mounsey, the... published 14 Apr 1810

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured; edged with paper | 44.8 x 58.4 cm (image) | RCIN 735149

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A view of the early stages of the action between HMS Bonne Citoyenne and the French frigate Furieuse on 6 July 1809. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

The 20-gun Bonne Citoyenne (a captured French sloop, now in service as HMS Bonne Citoyenne), commanded by Captain William Mounsey (1766-1830) was one of two escorts for a convoy en route for Quebec. Mounsey had given chase to the 48-gun Furieuse (though only with 20 guns at the time) for eighteen hours before catching her up and giving battle for a further six hours before the Furieuse surrendered. She was taken into the British navy as HMS Furieuse.

This is one of a pair; the companion print is at RCIN 735150.

  • Robert Cribb (active 1789-1810) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] London, published 14, April 1810, by R. Cribb & Son, 288, High Holborn.

    George Webster (d. 1864) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] G. Webster del.

    Robert Havell (1769-1832) (engraver)

    Daniel Havell (d. 1826) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] R. & D. Havell sculp.

    Captain William Mounsey (1766-1830) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: J WHATMAN [date cropped]

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: slight surface dirt

  • 40.1 x 58.4 cm (neatline)

    44.8 x 58.4 cm (image)

    47.5 x 63.4 cm (platemark)

    49.7 x 65.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    This Print representing the Action between His Majesty's Sloop BONNE CITOYENNE, and the French Frigate LA FURIEUSE on the 6,,th July, 1809, of the Western Islands / is Dedicated by permission to Captain William Mounsey, the Officers & Crew, by their obliged & obedient Servant, / Robert Cribb. [bottom, below view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, left of title, the number of guns and men of the Bonne Citoyenne; bottom right, right of title, the number of guns and killed and wounded of La Furieuse.]

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-149; [bottom right, black pencil:] 24. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 201.b; [top right, black pencil:] 24.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Action between H.M. Sloop Bonne Citoyenne, and the French Frigate Furieuse on the 6.th of July 1809, off the Western Islands: by Webster, engraved by Havell, and published by Cribb, 1810.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (44°38'43"N 63°34'20"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.201.b? This pair of prints may not be the same as that described under Parker 201.b which makes no mention of the publisher, Cribb.

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