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Edward Orme (1775-28 September 1848)

Rochefort, 1806

SIR SAMUEL HOOD'S ENGAGEMENT with the FRENCH SQUADRON, OFF ROCHEFORT, Sept.r 25, 1806. / Representing in the foreground the Monarch Capt,,n Richard Lee, engaging the La' Minerve, L'Armide & La Glore published 1 Jul 1807

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured; edged with paper | 48.1 x 63.4 cm (image) | RCIN 735131.a

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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.b.) 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 ship on the left of this view, flying the Red Ensign, is the Monarch, which is firing at the Minerve. Hood was shot in the elbow during this action, as a result of which his arm was amputated.

  • Edward Orme (1775-28 September 1848) (publisher and printmaker) [bottom centre, below title:] Published July 1807, by Edw.d Orme, Bond Street, the corner of Brook Street, London; [bottom centre, below edge of view:] Edw.d Orme Excudit

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

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

    J Hamble (active 1806) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] J. Clarke & J. Hamble Sculp.t

  • Watermark: EDMEADS & PINE [no date, cropped?]

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: surface dirt and offsetting

  • 43.1 x 63.4 cm (neatline)

    48.1 x 63.4 cm (image)

    51.9 x 66.5 cm (platemark)

    54.4 x 69.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    SIR SAMUEL HOOD'S ENGAGEMENT with the FRENCH SQUADRON, OFF ROCHEFORT, Sept.r 25, 1806. / Representing in the foreground the Monarch Capt,,n Richard Lee, engaging the La' Minerve, L'Armide & La Glore. [bottom, below view]


    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV-131-a. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 184*(1); [top right, black pencil:] 26; [bottom right, black pencil, indistinct annotation]; [centre, black pencil:] 1806-26.

    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.

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

  • 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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