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Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

George Andrews (active 1794-1813)

San Domingo Bay, 1806

TO REAR ADMIRAL THE HONORABLE ALEX.R COCHRANE, K.B. &.c &.c / The Several Captains, Officers, Seamen & Marines, this Plate & the Companion of their Glorious Defeat of the French Fleet, in S,,t Domingo Bay Feby, 6, 1806.... published 12 Jan 1808

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed in a bluey-grey ink on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 47.5 x 65.4 cm (image) | RCIN 735126.a

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A view of the attack and defeat of the French fleet by Vice Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817) and Rear Admiral Alexander Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832) on 6 February 1806. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15).

One of a pair of prints; the companion is at RCIN 735126.b. The lettering is very faintly engraved; the upper-case letters are engraved in outline, suggesting the possibility that this example is a proof impression. Captain Smith's name does not appear among the list of those present at this action according to Parker. Parker ascribes the engraving to R.B. Harraden, however, the initials 'R.B.' do not appear on either of these views.

  • George Andrews (active 1794-1813) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Published January 12. 1808, by G. Andrews at his Naval Repository, 7, Charing Cross.

    Captain Smith (active 1806) (draughtsman) [bottom left, below edge of view:] From a Drawing by Capt. Smith.

    Richard Bankes Harraden (1778-1862) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by Harraden.

    Admiral Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis Cochrane (1758-1832) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration and surface dirt

  • 42.4 x 65.4 cm (neatline)

    47.5 x 65.4 cm (image)

    51.8 x 73.0 cm (platemark)

    54.0 x 75.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    TO REAR ADMIRAL THE HONORABLE ALEX.R COCHRANE, K.B. &.c &.c / The Several Captains, Officers, Seamen & Marines, this Plate & the Companion of their Glorious Defeat of the French Fleet, in S,,t Domingo Bay Feby, 6, 1806. / Is most respectfully Dedicated, by their much obliged, & very Humble Serv,t / Geo: Andrews. [bottom centre, below view]

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] XV.126.a. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 178.a.(ii); [centre, black pencil, eighteenth/nineteenth-century hand?:] 1806-18.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Two Views of the attack and defeat of the French Fleet in S.t Domingo Bay by Sir Tho.s Duckworth and Rear Admiral Alex.r Cochrane, on the 6.th of Feb.y 1806: by Captain Smith, engraved by Harraden and published by Andrews, 1808.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Santo Domingo Bay, Dominican Republic (18°18'00"N 70°03'00"W)

  • 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.178.a

    A.B. Sainsbury, 'Duckworth, Sir John Thomas, first baronet (1748–1817)', DNB, 2004; online edition 2009.

    S. Howarth, 'Cochrane, Sir Alexander Inglis (1758–1832)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edition 2011. 

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