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Napoleonic Wars (1803-15)

Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

EDWARD ORME (1775-1848)

Rochefort, 1806 (Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes, France) 45°56'00"N 00°53'18"E

published 1 Jul 1807

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured; edged with paper | 48.3 x 63.6 cm (image) | RCIN 735131.b

A view of the engagement between a British squadron, commanded by Sir Samuel Hood (1762-1814), and a French squadron, commanded by Commodore Éleonore-Jean-Nicolas Soleil (1767-1824) off Rochefort on 25 September 1806. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

One of a pair of prints (the companion print is at RCIN 735131.a.) depicting a British squadron under the command of Sir Samuel Hood intercepting a French squadron of five frigates and two corvettes, heavily laden with stores, sailing to the French West Indies. The action took place off the port of Rochefort and resulted in a British victory, the British capturing four of the seven French ships.

The British ship Monarch, in the centre of the view, can be seen towing the Minerve and the Armide, each with their flags struck and trailing in the sea.

For further reading, see:
J.K. Laughton, 'Hood, Sir Samuel, first baronet (1762–1814)', DNB, 2004; online edition 2007.

Condition: no fold lines; tear to top edge repaired before being edged with paper. Verso: offsetting from a different naval image.
  • Edward Orme (1775-1848) (printmaker and publisher) [bottom centre, below edge of view:] Edw.d Orme Excudit; [bottom centre, below title:] Published July 1807 by Edw.d Orme Bond Street, the corner of Brook Street London.

    Anonymous (draughtsman) [bottom left, below edge of view:] From an Original drawing taken on Board the Monarch.

    J Hamble (active 1806) (engraver) [bottom right:] J Clark & J Humble Sculpt

    John Heaviside Clark (c. 1771-1863) (engraver)


    Royal Navy
    Vice-Admiral Sir Samuel Hood (1762-1814)
  • Watermark: EDMEADS & PINE [date unclear:] 180 [?]

    Condition: no fold lines; tear to top edge repaired before being edged with paper. Verso: offsetting from a different naval image

  • 43.1 x 63.6 cm (neatline)

    48.3 x 63.6 cm (image)

    51.6 x 66.5 cm (platemark)

    54.1 x 69.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    SIR SAMUEL HOOD'S ENGAGEMENT with the FRENCH SQUADRON, OFF ROCHEFORT, Sept.r 25, 1806. / Representing the Monarch with her two Prizes in tow, L'Minerve & L'Armide. [bottom, below view]


    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-131-b. (Verso) [bottom centre, black pencil:] 184*(ii); [top right, black pencil:] 27; [bottom right, black pencil, unclear annotation]; [centre, black pencil:] 1806-27.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Two views of Sir Samuel Hood's Engagement with the French Squadron off Rochefort, Sept.r 1806: by E. Orme, engraved by Clark and Hamble, 1807.

  • Subject(s)

    Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes, France (45°56'00"N 00°53'18"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J.K. Laughton, 'Hood, Sir Samuel, first baronet (1762–1814)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edition 2007.

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  • 5 June 2024