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Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars

After Benjamin West (1738-1820)

Battle of La Hogue, 1692

To the Right Honourable the Lord Grosvenor / This Plate engraved from a Picture of THE BATTLE AT LA HOGUE in his Lordship’s Collection is dedicated / By his LORDSHIP’s much obliged and most obedient humble Servants... published 1781

Etching and engraving, some stipple; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 46.9 x 59.1 cm (image) | RCIN 724057

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A view of the naval Battle of La Hogue, fought from 21 to 24 May (1-4 June N.S.) 1692 between the Allies (English and Dutch), commanded by Admiral of the Fleet Edward Russell, later 1st Earl of Orford (1653-1727) and Lieutenant Admiral Philips van Almonde (1644-1711), and the French fleet, commanded by Admiral Anne Hilarion de Costentin, comte de Tourville (1642-1701), resulting in an Allied victory. Nine Years War (1688-97)

The dedicatee of this print is Richard Grosvenor, 1st Earl Grosvenor (1731-1802), whose coat of arms is bottom centre. At the time this print was published he was 7th Baron Grosvenor (created Earl in 1785). He had extended his family's art collection by the purchase of paintings by Benjamin West, including the picture from which this engraving was taken.

A later state of this print, lacking the dedication and dated 1783, is at Wallington, Northumberland (National Trust Inventory 584765).

  • After Benjamin West (1738-1820) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Painted by B. West, Historical Painter to His MAJESTY.

    William Woollett (1735-85) (engraver and publisher) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Engraved by W. Woollett, Engraver to His MAJESTY

    John Hall (1739-97) (publisher) [bottom centre, to each side of Grosvenor’s coat of arms:] Published as the Act directs, 18 Oct.r 1781. by B. West, W. Wollettt & J. Hall, London.

    Richard Grosvenor (1731-1802) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 42.7 x 59.1 cm (neatline)

    46.9 x 59.1 cm (image)

    50.1 x 63.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To the Right Honourable the Lord Grosvenor / This Plate engraved from a Picture of THE BATTLE AT LA HOGUE in his Lordship’s Collection is dedicated / By his LORDSHIP’s much obliged and most obedient humble Servants Benjamin West and William Woollett. [bottom, below view, to each side of the coat of arms of Richard Grosvenor]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: [on verso, along bottom edge, obscured by backing paper, and repeated in black pencil on backing paper:] Military Naval Engagement 29 May 1692 port folio No 5 [in a different hand, black pencil:] 1692 -16; [in a modern hand, black pencil:] Also Cust 28a CMB May ’87 [i.e. 1987]; [bottom left, black pencil:] 28a; [obscured by paper backing, black pencil:] 35.

    K. Mil. Dummy sheet:

    [Title, ink:] View of the Battle at la Hogue, engraved by Woollett from a painting / by B. West 1781 / Port-folio N.o [black pencil:] 5 – 2 Table / [black pencil, in a modern hand, crossed out in black pencil:] in Naval U.L. [Bottom of sheet, red ink: old heading:] Naval Engagement at la Hogue 29 May 1692. 
    Watermark: fleur-de-lys in shield, crown above, the scrolled letter ‘W’ below. 
    Size: 48.2 x 33.2 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of the Battle at la Hogue on the 29.th of May 1692, engraved by Woollett from a painting by B. West, 1781.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue [La Hogue], Lower Normandy, France (49°35ʹ18ʺN 01°16ʹ10ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    S.M. Farrell, ‘Grosvenor, Richard, first Earl Grosvenor (1731–1802)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, online edn, Jan 2008

    H. Parker, Naval battles from the collection of prints formed and owned by Commander Sir Charles Leopold Cust, London 1911, no. 28

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