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Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821)

Point de Galle, 1808

To the memory of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge. / Late of His Majesty's Frigate San Fiorenzo, who fell with Glory in the last of three Actions, renewed on three successive days with La Piedmontaise, French Frigate... published Sept 1809

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured; edged with paper | 46.2 x 59.8 cm (image) | RCIN 735138

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A view of the British ship San Fiorenzo with her captured French ship, the Piedmontaise on 8 March 1808. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

This view shows the scene following the battle between the two ships, sometime on 9 March, when the Piedmontaise had lost her three masts. Captain George Nicholas Hardinge (1781-1808) had been killed towards the end of the action which had lasted three days.

  • Nicholas Pocock (1740-1821) (draughtsman, etcher and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Drawn & Etched by N. Pocock; [bottom centre, below edge of view:] London Published Sept.r 1809. by N. Pocock, G.t George Str.t Westminster.

    William James Bennett (1784-1844) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] W I Bennett sculp

  • Watermark: J WHATMAN [date cropped?]

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: surface dirt

  • 41.5 x 59.8 cm (neatline)

    46.2 x 59.8 cm (image)

    48.8 x 65.5 cm (platemark)

    51.7 x 68.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the memory of Captain George Nicholas Hardinge. / Late of His Majesty's Frigate San Fiorenzo, who fell with Glory in the last of three Actions, renewed on three successive days with La Piedmontaise, French Frigate, / near the Island of Ceylon, 8.th March, 1808. and also to the Surviving Officers and Crew. / This Print representing the Situation of the SAN FIORENZO & HER PRIZE, after the Action, is inscrcbed [sic] by N,, Pocock. [bottom, below view, to each side of the coat of arms of Captain Hardinge]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, the numbers of men, and numbers of killed and wounded on the 36-Gun St Fiorenzo.] [Bottom right, the numbers of men, and numbers of killed and wounded, on the Piedmontaise.] [Bottom centre, below title:] This Enterprize is to the Commemorated by a Monument in S.t Paul's Cathedral, which the House of Commons Voted & without a dissenting Voice, May 18. 1809.

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV.138. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 190.a; [bottom right, black pencil:] SqR [or S & R] £1-11-6; [centre, black pencil:] 1808-3; [top right, black pencil:] 3.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Representation of the Situation of the San Fiorenzo, Captain G.N. Hardinge, and her prize, le Piedmontaise French Frigate, after the Action near the Island of Ceylon of the 8.th of March: 1808 by N. Pocock, engraved by Bennett, 1809.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Point de Galle, Southern Sri Lanka (06°01'25"N 80°12'50"E)

  • 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.190.a

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