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Robert Dodd (1748-1815)

Atlantic Ocean, 1814

This View, of His Majesty's Ship EUROTAS, under jury Masts, on the morning of the 26,,th Feb,,y 1814. on the point of coming up with the Imperial French Frigate LA CLORINDE, which had sheered off on the preceeding evening... Jun 1814

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper | 36.1 x 46.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735185.3.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 Eurotas to the left, having been provided overnight with makeshift replacement mast and rigging - a 'jury rig' (hence in the title of this print, the Eurotas is referred to as 'under jury'), and the Clorinde to her right, with the British frigate Dryad and sloop Achates in the background. It was at this point that the Clorinde finally surrendered. 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, left of 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 June. 1814.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines; brown staining to both sides. Verso: old paper repair to tear on right edge

  • 33.8 x 46.5 cm (neatline)

    36.1 x 46.5 cm (image)

    39.2 x 50.3 cm (platemark)

    43.4 x 56.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    This View, of His Majesty's Ship EUROTAS, under jury Masts, on the morning of the 26,,th Feb,,y 1814. on the point of coming up with the Imperial French Frigate LA CLORINDE, which had sheered off on the preceeding evening; owing / to the circumstance of the EUROTAS, being dismasted in the Action, is most respectfully Inscribed, to Captain Phillimore, his Officers, Seamen and Marines, by their Obedient Servant / Rob,,t Dodd. [bottom, below view]

    Additional text:

    Inscriptions: [bottom, left of 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 June. 1814.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement, 25 Feb.1814.

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

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement View of H.M. Ship Eurotas on the morning of the 26.th of Feb.y 1814 on the point of coming up with the Imperial French Frigate la Clorinde: by R. Dodd, 1814.

  • 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")
  • 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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