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Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Atlantic Ocean, 1814

Situation of His Majestys Frigate EUROTAS Captain Phillimore, on the Night of Feb.y 25.th 1814, after defeating the French Imperial Frigate LA CLORINDE which is endeavouring to escape with her foremast standing; while the... 1814 or later

Aquating with etching and engraving; printed in a greenish-grey colour on paper | 36.6 x 45.7 cm (image) | RCIN 735185.2.a

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A view of the action between HMS Eurotas and USS Clorinde off Brest on 25 February 1814. The War of 1812 (1812-15).

HMS Eurotas was a 46-gun frigate carrying light 24-pounders on the main deck. She was one of the first to be fitted out to be able to meet the large American super frigates on equal terms. The Captain of the Eurotas, John (later Sir John) Phillimore (1781-1840) had seen service in both Battles of Copenhagen (1801 and 1807), and was the officer who sent Sir Hyde Parker's signal to disengage from the battle in 1801 to Nelson which was famously ignored by the latter turning a 'blind eye'. He became aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria.

This view shows the two ships, both having suffered serious damage, during which time Captain Phillimore had been severely wounded. The Clorinde eventually surrendered when the British frigate Dryad and sloop Achates came into view.

The Joseph Phillimore, in whose possession the original painting of this view is quoted as being, was either John's father, Joseph, or possibly his lawyer elder brother (1775-1855).

  • Robert Dodd (1748-1815) (engraver and publisher) [bottom centre:] Engraved from the original Painting in the possession of Joseph Phillimore L.L.D. &c. &c.; [bottom, right of centre, below title:] Published by R. Dodd, Commercial Road, London.

  • Watermark: J WHATMAN [date cropped]

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 33.7 x 45.7 cm (neatline)

    36.6 x 45.7 cm (image)

    39.2 x 49.9 cm (platemark)

    43.1 x 55.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Situation of His Majestys Frigate EUROTAS Captain Phillimore, on the Night of Feb.y 25.th 1814, after defeating the French Imperial Frigate LA CLORINDE which is endeavouring to escape with her foremast standing; while the Crew / of the British Frigate are exerting themselves to clear away the wreck of their Masts and Sails, preparatory to their rigging jury masts, for the purpose of giving chace to the Enemy which they effected by morning, to whom with / their gallant Commander, this Plate is respectfully Inscribed. By their Obedient Servant / Rob,,t Dodd. [bottom, below view]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Evelyn Heaton-Smith's hand:] 234.b.(ii).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Situation of H.M. Frigate Eurotas on the night of 25.th of Feb.y 1814 after defeating the French Imperial Figate la Clorinde: by R. Dodd.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Atlantic Ocean (47°40'00"N 09°30'00"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    N. Doe, 'Phillimore, Joseph (1775–1855)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

    J.K. Laughton, 'Phillimore, Sir John (1781–1840)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

    N. Tracy, Who's who in Nelson's Navy: 200 Naval Heroes, London, 2006.

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