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John Peter Thompson (active 1792-1819)

Oporto, 1804 published 11 May 1805

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 42.3 x 52.8 cm (image) | RCIN 735114.b

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A view of the action between the snow Jenny of London and a French privateer on a voyage from Oporto on 29 November 1804. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15). This minor action, which is not described in Parker, does not appear to merit any mention in the standard histories.

  • John Peter Thompson (active 1792-1819) (publisher) [bottom centre, below edge of view:] London Published May 11. 1805. by John P. Thompson G.t Newport Street. Printseller to His Majesty, and the Duke & Duchess of York.

    After William Anderson (1757-1837) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] W. Anderson pinx.t

    WJ White (active 1805) (engraver)

    Joseph Jeakes (1778-c. 1829) (aquatinter) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Etch'd by W.J. White & Aquatinted by J. Jeakes

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 38.0 x 52.8 cm (neatline)

    42.3 x 52.8 cm (image)

    44.5 x 56.6 cm (platemark)

    46.4 x 58.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title


    [bottom centre, below imprint:] TO THE UNDERWRITERS AT LLOYDS COFFEE HOUSE, / This Print is most respectfully inscribed / by their obliged humble Servant, / Christopher Stonehouse.

    Additional text:

    [bottom, to each side of the dedication, a description of the action:] The Snow Jenny of London, Chrisr Stonehouse Master, on a Voyage from / Oporto, being attacked on the Nov.r 1804, by a French Privateer of / 18 Guns & having twice prevented the Launch from boarding, but being / brought to by a heavy fire of great Guns and Musketry Capt,,n S,, resolved / as the only means of escape to attempt the destruction of the Launch: / In doing which by a heave of the Sea, the Jenny struck the Privateer on / the Quarter with great violence, tore her Main Sail, & carried away her Boom, / when crossing her Wake the Launch towing astern was destroyed The enemy thus / disabled from making sail to Windward and having no Boat, the Jenny / proceeded and in about half an hour lost sight of her.


    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 13; [top left, black pencil:] XV-114-2. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 169*; [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 10 f 6.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Snow Jenny of London, Chris.r Stonehouse master, on a Voyage from Oporto being attacked on the of Nov.r 1804, by a French Privateer of 18 Guns: by W. Anderson, engraved by White and Jeakes, 1805.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Porto, Porto, Portugal (41°08'58"N 08°36'39"W)

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