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Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1842)

Muros, 1805

To the Right Hon,,ble Viscount Nelson Duke of Bronte &c. / THE MAGNANIMOUS ATTACK On EL MUROS FORT and TOWN, / By His Majesty's Frigate La Loire, Capt. Maitland, and the Boats Crew of that Ship Commanded by Lieut. James Lucas Yeo... published 6 Nov 1805

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the verso | 45.4 x 58.7 cm (image) | RCIN 735118

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A view of the attack on Muros Fort by HMS La Loire, commanded by Captain Frederick Lewis Maitland (1777-1839), on 4 June 1805. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

Maitland was accompanied, on the 46-gun Loire, by Lieutenant James (later Sir James) Lucas Yeo (1782-1818), who captured the French privateer Confiance during this lightning raid on Fort Muros, south of Cape Finisterre on the north-west coast of Spain.

This view is not described in Parker. Nelson's coat of arms, which is engraved in the bottom margin, lacks the major part of the augmentation, granted to him as Baron Nelson of the Nile in 1798, having a chief undulated argent, but lacking thereon waves of the sea with a palm tree between a disabled ship on the dexter side and a battery in ruins on the sinister, all proper. The motto 'Palmam qui meruit ferat' is also lacking.

  • Thomas Buttersworth (1768-1842) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Buttersworth Del.; [bottom centre, below title:] London. Published as the act directs Nov. 6, 1805 by G. Andrews, Charing Cross, and T. Buttersworth.

    Francis Chesham (1749-1806) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Chesham sculp.

    George Andrews (active 1794-1813) (publisher)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines; creased. Verso: discoloured and surface dirt

  • 40.4 x 58.7 cm (neatline)

    45.4 x 58.7 cm (image)

    not visible, cropped? (platemark)

    49.4 x 66.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Right Hon,,ble Viscount Nelson Duke of Bronte &c. / THE MAGNANIMOUS ATTACK On EL MUROS FORT and TOWN, / By His Majesty's Frigate La Loire, Capt. Maitland, and the Boats Crew of that Ship Commanded by Lieut. James Lucas Yeo, which were taken on the 4.th of June 1805. / This Print is Dedicated by Permission of his Lordship previous to his going to attack the Combined Fleets / By his much obliged & humble Servant / T. BUTTERSWORTH. [bottom centre, below view, to each side of the coat of arms of Horatio Nelson]

    Annotations:

    George III heading [partly obscured by paper backing:] Military Naval Engagement at Muros 14 June 1805 Port folio No 5.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil twice]: 7; [top left, black pencil; modification to K.Mil. number, 118 to 118.a, by CMB Jan ’87 Christian Bailey]. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand]: 171*; [centre, black pencil:] 7; [centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 7; [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] £ 1.1.0.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Attack on el Muros Fort and Town by H.M. Frigate la Loire, Captain Maitland, and the Boat's Crew of that Ship commanded by Lieut. I. L. Yeo, which were taken on the 4.th of June 1805: by Butterworth [sic], engraved by Chesham, 1805.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Muros, Galicia, Spain (42°46'31"N 09°03'33"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J.W. Spurr, 'Sir James Lucas Yeo', Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.

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